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date: 07 May 2021

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This chapter illustrates the influence of intersectionality on children’s rights through examination of child marriage. It demonstrates how interlocking identities of female children across the globe create specific vulnerabilities that subject them to sexual violence and forced pregnancies within marriage to older men. This chapter identifies poverty, geography, religion, ethnicity, traditional patriarchal practices, and war or civil conflict as consistent factors that strongly influence the prevalence of forced marriage in many countries. It analyzes whether domestic and international laws, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, provide sufficient protection to prevent child brides. It concludes with a discussion of how community and nonprofit leaders are affecting cultural change and global education on child marriage and how young women are given voice through court cases challenging the practice as child abuse and oppression.

Keywords: children’s rights, child marriage, intersectionality, poverty, vulnerability, violence, religion, patriarchy, custom or culture, ethnicity or nationality

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