And widespread poverty still compels many parents to get their daughters married to avoid the cost of caring for them.
Older, wealthier husbands will pay a larger bride-price for a girl.
Afghanistan is one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman: Many women die in pregnancy and childbirth: 460 deaths/100,000 live births (2010) 85% of women have no formal education and are illiterate.
Besides considering operations security, Soldiers must maintain their professionalism at all times, even on their off time, said Sweetnam.
They are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and could face corrective or disciplinary action if they violate the rules of conduct at any time, he said.
In 2011 Newsweek/The Daily Beast analyzed dozens of data points for 165 countries to determine which countries offer women the most expansive rights and the best quality of life.
Below are the results for Afghanistan: Score: 164 (out of 165) – Afghanistan Overall score (out of 100): 2.0 Economics: 55.3 Politics: 16.6 compare this with its neighbor ..
– The implications of child marriage cannot be underestimated.
Married girls do not continue their education and remain illiterate.Score 125, Iran Overall score (out of 100): 50.1 Justice: 54.9 Health: 77.9 Education: 76.8 Economics: 62.2 Politics: 12.1 – Child marriage: More than 50% of Afghan girls are married or engaged by 12. Women activists say up to 80 percent of marriages in poor rural areas are either forced or arranged.Most girls marry far older men — some in their 60s — whom they meet for the first time at their wedding.A lack of security from three decades of war, and the risk of kidnapping and rape, has also prompted many families to force their young daughters into marriage.Some girls are bartered into marriage to repay debt or resolve a dispute.But these seemingly innocent posts could actually contain sensitive information that endangers Soldiers by revealing locations, security measures, mission operations, or troop movements, said the Army's social media experts.