Alongside the rise in child marriage, suicides have gone up in Egypt. According to the ECRF, over 150 25-30-year-olds have committed suicide this year.
Child marriage has an impact on women's mental and physical health for the rest of their lives. These women are often subject to domestic violence and are unable to stick up for themselves.
As is the case with this suicide, child brides often live with their husband's family, which leads to an even greater risk of violent and psychological abuse.
Despite the fact that Egypt has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which stipulates 18 should be the legal age for marriage, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which says marriage should be undertaken with free and full consent, child marriage continues.
Rights groups have said that Egypt needs to be tougher on criminalising child marriage. Often, neither the groom nor the parents of the child bride are charged, which has led to an increase in the practice.
Earlier this month it was reported that Egypt's Cabinet is planning to issue a new law imposing more penalties for the marriage of underage girls, toughening the penalties and broadening the scope of those penalised for child marriage to include the child bride's father or guardian.