Child marriage is a breach of children's rights as marriages usually happen without their consent to partners they have never met. Girls in particular are married young to reduce the economic burden on their family; they are no longer an extra person for their parents to look after. After marriage, girls are at increased risk of early and dangerous pregnancies, domestic violence and sexual assault and become responsible for the household chores in their husbands' households.
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How can we end child marriage, a traditional practice that causes untold harm to millions of girls a year across South Asia? Ending child marriage will be no easy task in South Asia, where nearly half of all girls marry before the age of Participants at the Girls Not Brides meeting felt, however, that by coming together in partnership they can build momentum towards ending the practice.
Marriage in China has undergone change during the country's reform and opening period, especially because of new legal policies like the New Marriage Law of and the Family planning policy in place from to However, both parental and cultural pressures are still placed on many individuals, especially women, to choose socially and economically advantageous marriage partners. Traditionally, marriage life was based on the principles of the Confucian ideology.
In China, there is a name for unmarried men over China has many millions more men than women, a hangover of the country's one-child policy, which was overturned inthough its effects will last decades more. The gender imbalance is making it hard for many men to find a partner — and the gap is likely to widen.
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PIP: The social transformations in Asia are described: delayed age at marriage and the proportions marrying. Policy implications are ascertained. The norm for female age at marriage has risen from 15 years to years in south Asia, and from 18 years to 24 years and older in east Asia.
Child Marriage is defined as a marriage of a girl or boy before the age of 18 and refers to both formal marriages and informal unions in which children under the age of 18 live with a partner as if married. Child marriage affects both girls and boys, but it affects girls disproportionately, especially in South Asia. South Asia has the highest rates of child marriage in the world.