This is a girl on her wedding day.
She doesn’t look like it, does she?
That’s because she is a child bride…
These girls should be playing with dolls—not giving birth.
These girls should be going to school—not being a ‘homemaker.’
These girls should be hanging out with their friends—not caring for a husband.
You may have heard about child marriage in the news during International Women’s Day. It’s a huge health risk for women, not to mention a stripping of their human rights as culture, religion and economics continue to propel it. Countries where this occurs often include India, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Niger (video).
As you can see, there is a connection between economics and education:
The good news is, that since we know what leads to child marriage, we can work towards leading away from it. Not just educating girls, but raising the next generation of boys. I love what one of the experts from the CFR video said about that. She said that by raising the next generation of men differently, they could potentially eliminate child marriage in only one generation.
You can learn more from the Council on Foreign Relations info guide about child marriage and learn the 9 things you should know about child brides.
SOURCE: Council on Foreign Relations