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After completing my final project on gender equality and child marriage, I harvested a solid, comprehensive understanding towards child marriage: its status quo, negative impacts, and potential solutions. Although child marriage is not a novel concept for me, I have never paid any close attention to child marriage before. Growing up in urban areas, I feel that child marriage is so distant from me that it solely means news articles illustrating sheer madness. Therefore, based on my own living experience, I made the naive assumption that child marriage must be a rare case in the world, and I also assumed that a few legislations could easily eliminate child marriage. However, on July 12th 2017, a UN meeting called “Guaranteeing Girls' Freedom to Live, Learn and Be Protected” proved me wrong. I discovered that 15 million girls suffer child marriage every year in the world; in Brazil, one third of the girls get married before 18 years old. Along with the information about the negative impac...

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