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[Editorial] The cost of not educating girls in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, one in three girls is married before her 18th birthday, according to Educating girls and ending child marriage: a priority for Africa, published by the World Bank on Nov 19. The evidence against marriage before age 18 is extensive and forceful. Child brides have worse physical, psychological, and reproductive health outcomes than do their peers who marry later. Young girls lack agency and are vulnerable to intimate partner violence. Their children are at greater risk both of death before the age of 5 years and of stunting, which perpetuates disadvantage across generations.