With 117 million children estimated to fall into poverty in 2020, many will face pressure to work and provide support for their families.
The epidemic led to school closures and “experience during the Ebola outbreak shows that many girls” are under increasing pressure for work, threats of child marriage, restrictions on pregnant girls going to school, and losing contact with education The reason is “will never return to class.” Wrote the donation.
The report said that this year 191,200 girls in South Asia will be fully affected by the threat of child marriage. This is followed by West and Central Africa, where 90,000 girls are threatened by child marriage, Latin America and the Caribbean (73,400) and Europe and Central Asia (37,200).
Girls affected by humanitarian crises, such as wars, floods, and earthquakes, face the greatest risk of child marriage, the report notes. Prior to the epidemic, data showed that child marriages were increasing among the refugee population. In Lebanon, child marriages among Syrian refugee girls increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018.
“Every year, about 12 million girls are married, 2 million before their 15th birthday,” Ashing said. “More than half a million girls are now at risk due to gender-based violence this year – and these are the only ones we know of. We believe this is the tip of the iceberg.”