A growing number of underage girls are being married off as the negative impacts of the Covid-19 disruption persist. Although the exact number in Kenya is not known, Unicef says the pre-Covid data can be used to predict the impact of the pandemic on child marriage. With 527,000 child brides, Kenya has the 20th highest absolute number in the world. “The risk of child marriage increases through various pathways, including economic shocks, school closures and interruptions in services,” the report says. “It is well known, for example, that economic insecurity can lead to child marriage as a way to relieve financial pressure on a family.
Source: The Star March 08, 2021 20:04 UTC