WHAT IS FORCED MARRIAGE

According to the Forced Marriage Unit in the UK, 'A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights. The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor'.


CHILD MARRIAGE

Although it is most prevalent in the developing world, child marriage also happens in the United Kingdom. The Home Office estimates that between 5,000 and 8,000 people are at risk of being forced into marriage every year in the UK. In 2013, the UK Forced Marriage Unit’s helpline dealt with 1,302 cases of forced marriage; 40% of the calls received concerned minors, and 15% involved victims under the age of 15.

In July 2014, the British government organised its first 'Girl Summit' to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end child, early and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation within a generation. Find out more about the financial and political commitments made at the Girl Summit.



In 2013, the UK’s Forced Marriage Unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1302 cases. 82% of cases involved female victims and 18% involved male victims. Where the age was known, 15% of cases involved children.
— FMU
EVERY YEAR, APPROXIMATELY 15 MILLION GIRLS ARE MARRIED BEFORE THEY TURN 18, ACROSS COUNTRIES, CULTURES AND RELIGIONS. ROBBED OF THEIR CHILDHOOD, DENIED THEIR RIGHTS TO HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SECURITY.
— GIRLS NOT BRIDES

If we do nothing, by the end of the decade an estimated 142 million girls will be married as children globally.

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