Child Marriages Vs. United Nations Children 's Fund

2459 Words Apr 17th, 2016 10 Pages
“Like a rat getting married to an elephant,” said an old man, describing what he sees daily in India, where child marriages are common. United Nations Children 's Fund (UNICEF) defines a child marriage as a “formal marriage or an informal union before age 18.” Child marriages are a reality for both sexes, although girls have an unreasonably higher rate. It is a widespread issue that commonly leads to a life stripped of advantages and aspirations. In today’s world, more than 700 million women were married as children (UNICEF). Nations, such as India, Chad, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and Mexico have a common distinction from countries who ban child marriages: they are either economically unstable, do not provide sex education, or support a religion that objectifies women. There is relatively nothing positive about child marriages, considering there is a seventy-nine percent chance that children who get married will attempt suicide at least once (UNICEF). Thus, child marriages are most prominent in countries that suffer from a low economy, follow a religion that objectifies women, and do not provide sex education—all resulting in detriments to the victims mentally, physically and emotionally.
Child marriages occur in countries whose citizens are in poverty, who find that selling their children away to older adults is the only option that will provide economic relief. Julia Alanen, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, interviewed Hadizatou, a twelve-year old girl, for her…
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