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The Ford Foundation, in partnership with Girls Not Brides, just released an interactive world map on child marriage this summer—click on the image above to explore it!

The Ford Foundation, a nonprofit that supports leaders and organizations pushing social change, created this map of the 30 countries with the world’s highest rates of child marriage using the latest research, national statistics, and a global network of NGOs’ country-level experiences. These 30 countries account for a significant proportion of the 10 million girls who marry as children every year.

The interactive resource—part of the Ford Foundation’s Youth, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health and Rights Initiative—allows users to do more than merely visualize the rates of child marriage: you can explore the links between high rates of child marriage and harmful consequences for girls’ health, education, income-generation, and independence.

The map is intended to make it easier for the general public, the donor community, and policymakers to visualize the magnitude of the global challenge. The Ford Foundation hopes the map will serve to help local advocates feel connected to a broader global community that is working to end child marriage—it serves to not only visually capture the extent of the human rights violation, but to do so in a way that will motivate people to take action.

Get engaged. Check out the site. And then spread the word . . .

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