VOA reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. And what is the cost to the girl herself of marrying before age 18? VOA news teams—representing 12 languages—posted short videos of girls and women describing their experiences as brides and young mothers. These are their stories, in their own words.

District Dadu, Pakistan

‘My father believed it was sinful’ to delay marriage

Wed at 13, a concerned mother plans a different outcome for her young daughter.

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