Did you know that EVERY 3 SECONDS, somewhere in the world, a girl is forced to marry against her will? Shocking right?
In Bangladesh, 20% of girls become wives before their 15th birthday, even though the legal age of marriage in the country is 18. These girls are often forced to drop out of school, rarely get the opportunity to do any paid work, and run a much higher risk of domestic violence. They also face major health risks when they have children.
But Plan is stepping up efforts to help these girls and put a stop to the practice of early and forced marriage. Watch this great video, featured on BBC news, to see Plan actually stopping the illegal marriage of a thirteen year old girl!