Child Brides and Child Marriages in the World and in Turkey

It is a well-known fact that each marriage made under the age of 18 is called as child marriage and the bride-to-be under the age of 18 is named as child bride.

Translation: Child Brides! Photo credit: Sabancı Vakfı

Unfortunately, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 each year, and child marriage is a human rights violation that we must end to achieve a better future for all. (

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Moreover, child marriage brings psychological issues with itself. For example; child brides are exposed to limited freedom, isolation. Mostly, they feel like disempowered. This is because child brides are neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers.

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When it comes to child marriages in Turkey, it is obviously seen that patriarchy has taken its roots in Turkey for ages and most of the women are expected to obey the traditional gender norms and expectations in most of the regions of Turkey. Unfortunately, this long-established tradition brings about gender inequalities. For this reason, most of the women are kept away from the school and their education rights, and they are forced into marriage. This is why, child marriage is still one of the biggest societal problems in Turkey, especially in the Eastern part of Turkey and it is mostly caused by economic problems of a family.


The consequences of child marriage affect the child brides in a negative way. They do not have education rights any more, they do not have an economic independence, most of the child brides face with domestic violence and risky pregnancy at an early age.


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