For Pakistan Teen, A Chance to Finish Childhood, USAID (December 2010/January 2011). A village councilman and prominent community member interrupted an imminent forced marriage involving a 15-year-old Pakistani girl, insisting that the parents await her 18th birthday before requiring her to marry. The man explained to the families and guests of the betrothed the harmful effects of child marriage, and convinced the bride and groom’s parents to postpone the wedding until both intended spouses reached the age of majority.

Social pressure emanating from male village elders and religious leaders has been cited as an effective catalyst for eradicating the practice of forced and early marriage in many localities around the world.