How the Decline of Arranged Marriages Helps the Fight Against Poverty

More and more people around the world are getting married for the right reason

Girls wait to dance for the Zulu king at the Enyokeni Zulu royal palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Thousands of virgin girls attended the annual Reed Dance at the Enyokeni palace from which the Zulu King Zwelethini may choose a bride.

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Among the most wonderful advances in global development over the past few decades is the growing acceptance of a basic human right: the idea that marriage is a covenant made between consenting adults in love, rather than coerced children in fear. Around the world, the age of marriage is getting older, which means the number of child brides is dropping. This is fostering the happiness of married couples. It also suggests that millions of children can look forward to better futures.  

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