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In the UK, child marriage still isn't a crime.

This needs to change.

Each year, 12 million girls living around the world are married as children, before the age of 18 - that’s nearly one every two seconds. This is happening right here in the UK. Our research recently showed that almost two thirds of Brits don't know that a child can legally be married at 16 with parental consent. Over four in five don't know that the term 'child marriage' refers to children under 18. To raise awareness of the indecency and injustice of child marriage in the UK, we joined forces with a group of young British girls to launch #OnlyAGirl.



The #onlyagirl petition 

By signing the petition below, you can support a change in UK law to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18, and criminalise the act of child marriage.
Help ensure that all our girls have the right to a childhood.

Sign the petition

Please raise awareness by sharing on social media, using the hashtag #OnlyAGirl.

Even in modern Britain, there are many factors that can put a child at risk of being pressured into an early marriage, including poverty, family traditions, customary or religious laws that promote the practice, and an inadequate legislative framework. Because of these factors, for many children in the UK marriage is a bleak reality.

Child marriage is quite simply a human rights violation. Child brides face huge challenges; they are isolated with limited freedom and often completely disempowered. They are deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety, and are subject to an increased risk of mortality through childbirth, and of physical and sexual violence.

#OnlyAGirl aims to educate about the issue, and encourage people around the country to help put an end to this barbaric practice by signing a petition to support a change in current legislation which raise the minimum age to 18 and criminalise the act of child marriage.


'Children should be allowed to be children - to play, to aspire and achieve their dreams. Not to be someone's wife.'

Payzee Mahmod, speaking at Lifting the Veil, 29 January 2020



All girls have the right to a childhood.


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