Child Marriage – Not anymore
Child marriage is still practiced in many societies and cultures. Some girls are so young, they are not even teenagers yet, when they get married to an older man. Then, when they are teenagers, they bear children and become young mothers.
Origin of Child Marriage
In some cultures, girls and women are considered a financial burden to the family. In these cases, families living in poverty who have several children may arrange a marriage for their child to reduce their economic burden. Sometimes girls are used as collateral to offset debts or settle conflicts, effectively acting as a substitute for money. Most of all, it is due to gender discrimination.
Negative Impacts of Child Marriage
- Child brides are more likely to experience domestic violence
- They are at higher risk of dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications. It puts the life of the baby at risk too.
- The young bride is separated from her family and friends and which can be a traumatic experience at such a young age.
- She is often not allowed to complete her education, instead, she is expected to raises a family and manage the house.
How Can You Make a Difference?
Visit the website for the #Tooyoungtowed campaign, started by the UN: http://tooyoungtowed.org/
Once you visit the campaign page you can:
- Share the page on your social media.
- Make a donation to help the UN in their efforts to end child marriage.
- Share the #Tooyoungtowed campaign page with your family, friends and colleagues.
- Give a short presentation at your work place.
- Speak to the members of your local community.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
- Start a fundraiser and get people at your workplace, university etc. to donate.
- Contact large corporations for donations.
- Hold a garage sale.
- Get shop keepers at your local mall to keep donation boxes.
- Sell momentos like t-shirts and donate all the proceeds to the cause.
There are plenty of ways that you can make a positive difference. Take action and get involved!