40% of all child marraiges worldwide occur in India, and in the country's six most affected states more than 60% of all girls are married before age 18.
A girl who marries later is more likely to stay in school and remain healthy. She delays childbearing, has healthier children, develops life skills, and earns a higher income. She reinvests her income in her family, thereby creating inter-generational impact and leading her family out of poverty. Marry Me Later highlights key strategies focused on creating alternate life options, sensitizing gatekeepers, promoting birth and marriage registration, and addressing the needs of adolescent brides to prevent and take action against child marriage.
Dasra evaluated more than 300 non-profits working on the issue of child marriage, to highlight 10 organizations with the most scalable and impactful programs on the ground.