Today’s map of the day comes from Children’s Chances.  It shows the differences in the minimum age to legally marry between boys and girls.  As you can see, there are dozens of countries in which girls are permitted to marry at a younger age than boys.

 

You can compare that this this map depicting the minimum legal age for marriage of girls around the world.

Child marriage is a human right violation and deterrent to economic development. Fortunately, there is growing international pressure to end child marriage. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is a leader on this issue and has a GREAT resource page on child marriage. Here’s a video on the issue from UNFPA.