“Worth of A Girl” takes a look at child marriage around the globe. How being a child bride affects the girl economically, educationally, her social status, as well as the family she leaves and the one she joins. In a yearlong project, Voice of America set out to meet child brides from South and East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, including the United States. The moving and sometimes emotional stories are told by the women themselves, in their own words.\nNearly one in five women globally, or some 650 million women today, were married before their 18th birthday, putting their lives on a path with dire consequences. In addition to being forced to leave school, child brides are also more likely to get pregnant during adolescence and face systemic abuse. Combined, these factors replicate a cycle of poverty and gender inequality.