“GIRLS NOT BRIDES IS A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP OF MORE THAN 600 CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS COMMITTED TO ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE AND ENABLING GIRLS TO FULFIL THEIR POTENTIAL.” (brides, 2016)This NGO is trying to help prevent children from having to marry. A child bride is defined as a girl who is married or in a union before the age of 18 years. One of the countries with the highest rates of child brides is Niger at 78 percent of females reporting by population being married before the age of 18 years. India has he highest number of child brides at 10,063,000 girls married before the age of 18 years.
Every young girl asks for a new baby Annabel or a new bicycle on the run up to their 11th birthday, but girls all over the world just want the right to an education and a free life. In the developing world girls are getting married to older men from ages 30 up. This can end their chances of an education and puts them at a much greater risk of isolation and violence. For girls under the age of 15 the incidence of an early forced marriage is one in nine; The girls in these undeveloped countries can be married as young as 5 years old. It is time to stop these unforgivable marriages.
Child marriages can have devastating consequences for girls.Child brides are more likely than unmarried girls to die younger,suffer from health problems, live in poverty,and being uneducated.Neither is physically or emotionally ready for gives birth, child bride faces a higher risk of death in childbirth and might suffer from many pregnancy-related injuries.Mortality rates for babies who born to mothers under 20 are higher than for children born to older mothers.The children that survived are more likely at risk to contracting HIV/AIDS, have a low birthweight, and more likely to develop disability.Child brides are often pulled out school and refuse to get them any further education.Their children are also more likely to be uneducated like their mothers. Child brides are poor and more likely to remain poor because they are isolated and denied them to get any
Practice and customs surrounding marriage, such as preferable age and selection of spouse differ from society to society, according to understandings, structures and patterns of lives of families in each society. Marriage is a basic human right which is legally defined by a set of stipulations. The existence of a minimum age for marriage is one of those conditions. Afghanistan is in the top of 49 countries for bride under age marriages. 70 to 80 % of the marriage in this country is either before legal age or forced (Grigsby, 2013). According to Afghanistan civil law the minimum age for girls to marry is 16. While statistics by UN and UNICEF shows that 57 percent of girls are married before reaching 16 (UNFPA, 2012).
Most girls dream of their wedding from a very young age, from meticulously planning each detail to fantasizing about walking down the aisle. But, for many girls across the world, their wedding day is something to dread. In many cases, these girls are forced to marry men much older than themselves, sometimes even by three or four decades. The International Center for Research on Women defines child marriage as, “a formal marriage or informal union before age 18” (np), and although rarely mentioned, child marriage is a growing problem worldwide. The United Nations Populations Fund states, “In developing countries, one in every three girls is married before reaching age 18. One in nine is married under age 15” (unfpa.org). Young brides who are put in this terrible situation face tremendous mental and physical risks and often die from the abuse they receive from their husband. The following paper will highlight the oppression young brides face including first hand stories, female genital mutilation, and health consequences across the Middle East and Eastern Asia.
Kingston, many girls are forced into marriages by being told it is the right thing to do. In summary, underage arranged marriages are very dangerous and unfair to the children who are placed under those circumstances while they haven’t even reached the capacity to comprehend what they want.
Almost 60% of girls are married by 16. Women activists say up to 80 percent of marriages in poor rural areas are either forced or arranged.
In the article, Child Marriages in Sub-Saharan Africa, states the reasons and crazy expectations of child marriages. In Sub-Saharan Africa 39% of girls are married before the age of 18. Child marriages has spread throughout all of Africa. In West and Central Africa 42% of girls are married before age 18 and in Eastern and Southern Africa it is 36% of the girls (Child Marriages in: Sub-Saharan Africa). These number vary throughout the year yet they never drop to zero. It is a mass dilemma to outsiders yet in the depth of Africa, it a tradition that is hard to break. Daughters may be married off due to poverty or fear of safety. It is a custom in which the daughter does not have much control and marriage can be used as a leverage in a heated
Marbel Van Oranjes from Girls Not Bride stated that 40 millions girl are getting married before they are 18 years old. And this big problem need to be change as it is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe. As we can see
Some of these arranged marriages are assigned at one’s birth with the girl (future woman) having absolutely no say on the matter. When viewing the photographs from NPR, Photographers Capture The Sorrow And Pain Of Global Girls, we see the first image of a 13-year-old Syrian girl being prepared to be married. In the girl's culture, it is seen as bad fortune if a girl “of age” dies without a husband. Due to harsh times and the fear of death, the family of the girl decides that their daughter is old enough to be married. Throughout this ordeal, it is possible that the girl detested the idea of marriage and was forced, or because it is a custom in their culture, it was normal to get married young. Being married at a young age relinquishes one's childhood and forced to assimilate into the role of a wife, this personifies the image that in these cultures a woman is not equal and instead of a minority within society. They are seen as less than men to the point where it is justifiable to beat women (Story Map/ Women’s Rights). On the Story Map website, one can see that mostly in Africa and middle-eastern countries it is reasonable to assault a woman. Assaulting men is a crime, which can lead to death, but ok if it happens to women. From being stripped of childhood at a young age to allowing the assault to occur, women are minorities in a majority of cultures around the
"More than 200,000 children have been involved in a child marriage in the last fifteen years," says Chris Baynes, an author at The Independent. When the words "child marriage," are said, I used to think of a third world country. I think of someone that I thought of as "uncivilized" or as "inhumane," but many people, including me, would be shocked to know that child marriage happens right here in our "civilized" United States. On top of the fact that it generally happens here, it is completely legal in twenty-five states! The other twenty-five states have minimum ages but the loopholes that those laws have are astonishing. Many of the laws loopholes, according to Nurith Aizenman, the writer of "The Loopholes That Allow Child Marriage in the
Child brides are a little voiced problem that occur around the world. Fourteen million girls become child brides every year, a number that is increasing due to the growing populations of countries where child marriage is common (Fisher). I chose to focus on child brides specifically in Africa and the Middle East due to the high instances of child marriages in those parts of the world. In my research I also found that child brides are very common in South Asia and South America as well. In Niger, Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Guinea, Central African Republic, Mozambique, and Nepal over half of girls are married before they turn eighteen (Fisher).This is largely due to traditional tribal practices, cultural norms, and an overall lack of education.
Girls all over the world are forced into marriages due to financial necessity, tradition and to ensure their future. Most of these girls married are at a young age: “One third of the world’s girls are married before the age of 18 and 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15”( “Child Marriage Facts and Figures”). The young ages of those being married reveal how crucial it is to resolve this problem. When child marriage occurs the parents of the bride usually chose the groom for their daughters; and these grooms can be three times older than the young brides. Some children are brought into the world of marriage at the of 8 or sometimes less depending on their cultural views. The following can be used to help reduce the impact of early
In many societies, marriage is a celebrated institution commemorating the union between two consenting adults and the beginning of their lives together. However, this experience and celebration is different for the millions of girls around the world who are forced to wed while still children, some not even yet teenagers.
One issue that has greeted the large population of Nigeria amongst other issues is the issue of child marriage, which basically is a prevalent practice. An easy explanation or yardstick to this would be the fact that Nigeria is divided on religious grounds. This division is as follows; the Southern part is mainly occupied by Christian while the North is principally occupied by Muslims. On this note, it can be said that although the country is operated by a Federal Law as well as the Nigerian Constitution a host of Northern states in Nigeria still uses the Sharia law, or what can be known as their own version of it. Basically, the federal law of the Nigerian people prohibits the marriage of persons that are below eighteen. However, the states in Nigeria that indulge in Sharia law do not forbid child marriage. therefore these generates a clash of laws and principles, but still not enough to stimulate the intervention of the federal government. Child marriage can then be seen as a traditional convention that has been allowed to subsist within Nigeria. It is a popular fact amongst elites, as proven by medical practitioners that the Autonomy of a person as well as his or her Consent, are two key elements, amongst others, that are important to consider when a person is entering into a marital relationship with someone else,