Child Marriages Vs. United Nations Children 's Fund

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“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…show more content…
When asked what happened, Hadizatou answered, “I was negotiated over like a goat.” She was sold for $500 for a forced marriage with a man well into his 60s. Her parents never knew that she was raped, physically abused, and forced to perform excruciatingly hard labor. Hadizatou escaped her abuser and fell in love, only to be sentenced to prison for six months for bigamy—marrying someone when you 're already married. In 2010, David R. Hotchkiss, Deepali Godha, Anastasia J. Gage and Claudia Cappa, who all have PhDs in economics and either a master’s or bachelor’s degree in demographics, conceptualized a study of the risk factors that are associated with the practice of child marriages, specifically towards girls living in Serbia. The study showed that in Serbia, 50.4% of women 20 to 24 years of age report being first married at 17 years or younger and 13.2% were first married at age 14 years or younger. Girls in Serbia are at a very high risk of being married as children since the practice is most common among poorer households. With the poverty comes the incapability of receiving education and so the risks of maternal mortality (that is closely associated with child marriages) is unknown to families. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many poorer families have to support family in other countries, leaving them no other option to keep their very own children. Tara S. Beattie, who has a bachelor of science degree in medical
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