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12 million girls a year get married as children

That’s 12 million girls robbed of their childhood and dreams.

That’s 12 million leaders, teachers, athletes, artists that never get the chance.

But there is good news! In the last decade, 25 million child marriages have been prevented thanks to keeping girls in school, ensuring access to basic social services for girls at risk of marriage and raising awareness in communities. Together with partners, UNICEF is working tirelessly to give every girl a childhood and every chance to chase their dreams.

Let children be children.