WEBSITE: www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/briefingsheets/ethiopia.pdf (Population Council)
-"Child marriage is done without the free or full consent of the child."
-"Only 3% of MARRIED girls 15-19yrs old go to school versus 34% of UNMARRIED girls of the same age in Ethiopia."
-"Child marriage may put girls at increased risk for HIV infection." Why? Married women in general tend to have more unprotected sex. And the older the boy is, the more likely he is to be HIV positive.
-Ethiopia's legal age limit for marriage is 18yrs of age." This is widely ignored.
-Some general statistics: "44% of Ethiopia is under 15yrs of age."
"81% of Ethiopians live on less than $2USD/day."
-"Adolescent mothers tend to be poorer, less educated, and less adequately nourished with greater social disadvantage."