UN aims to end child marriage by 2030

South Africa's Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu is helping the UN launch a campaign to end child marriages by 2030 in a bid to free girls from poverty, ignorance, and oppression by their husbands.


Tutu said Thursday the campaign is "recognition of the discrimination that has dogged women and girls for centuries." The UN Population Fund said about 37,000 girls under age 18 are being married off daily, at a rising pace toward 14.2 million a year by 2020, and 15.1 million a year by 2030, if the trend is not curbed. (AP)