End Child Marriage

They're children not brides.

FAREWELL — May 24, 2019

FAREWELL

This tech project ends today. I will miss you all nonexistent followers <3.

Although this project was unsuccessful, I am thankful for all the research I had to do on child marriage. In fact, it made me more eager to end this human rights violation and I will continue to spread awareness. I doubt I will but I hope to genuinely make difference especially within South Asia.

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SIGN THE PETITION — May 20, 2019
Engaged at 8, Married at 15, and Repeatedly Raped —

Engaged at 8, Married at 15, and Repeatedly Raped

“It might be your body but I own it,” the 28-year-old told his child bride before he raped her on the cold, concrete floor.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/marriage/i-was-engaged-at-8-married-at-15-then-repeatedly-raped-by-my-husband/news-story/24dfa94df92f60d09d96adf5c0d1456b

Naila Amin is a survivor of forced and child marriage. She is currently pursuing a degree in human services to help survivors of honor-based violence.

Naila’s uncle, claimed her for his 21-year-old son when she was only eight years old, since then, and against all odds, she survived the marriage and was able to break free.

FREQUENCY OF CHILD MARRIAGE — May 10, 2019
CHILD MARRIAGE: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS —

CHILD MARRIAGE: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS

Child marriages are an indication of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girl less than boys.

In some countries, child marriage is the next step of womanhood, following menstruation.
In some cultures, girls and women are not seen as potential wage earners — they’re considered a financial burden to the family. In cultures where there is a dowry paid by the bride’s family, it may be beneficial to arrange an early marriage for a girl for a lower bride price

CHILD MARRIAGE LAWS —

CHILD MARRIAGE LAWS

Child marriage is defined differently in each country, and occurs in disproportionately high numbers in developing countries, particularly in Africa and the South Asia region.

But just because a child is under the age of 18, he or she should not be forced into marriage for any reason. Even if the marriage is recognized under the law, or is an informal union, it still violates the right to education, health and security.

Even when there are laws making marriage before the age of 18 illegal, as in the United States, child marriage still happens. In New Jersey, 3,481 children were married between 1995 and 2012, mostly with parental consent between the ages of 16 and 17; however, 163 marriages were approved by judges for children between ages 13 and 15. 91 percent of these marriages were between a child and an adult.

CHILD MARRIAGE: POVERTY —

CHILD MARRIAGE: POVERTY

Child marriage is most common within the world’s poorest countries. This is because in families with limited resources, child marriage is often seen as a way provide for their daughter’s future. It allows parents to reduce expenses by having one less person to feed, clothe, and educate (https://www.icrw.org/files/images/Child-Marriage-Fact-Sheet-Poverty.pdf).

Most child brides have almost no choice but to perform unpaid work in the house due to their lack of education. This traps girls and their families in a cycle of poverty.

However, by not marrying early and staying school, girls are likely to be both healthier and wealthier – and thus ending the cycle of poverty.

HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF CHILD MARRIAGE — May 6, 2019

HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF CHILD MARRIAGE

Child marriage is a formal marriage or informal union where one or both of the parties are under the age of 18. Each year 12 million girls are married before the age of 19. It truly is a global issue that cuts across countries, cultures, religions, and ethnicities. However, child marriage is much more prevalent in third world countries where poverty is common. Due to this, health is a striking issue in regards to child brides.

I created this presentation in hopes to spread awareness of this issue. Child marriage is deeply-rooted in cultures and social norms due to the ignorance of the results. Therefore, spreading awareness would inform others about the devastating consequences of child marriage and I would hope it would gradually end the practice.

CHILD MARRIAGE IN SOUTH ASIA — May 3, 2019

CHILD MARRIAGE IN SOUTH ASIA

Child marriage is extremely pervasive in South Asia where almost half of the girls are reported to be married before the age of 18 and almost 1 in 5 girls are married before the age of 15. This is a result of the interplay of economic and social forces.

Child marriage violates children’s rights and places them at high risk of violence, exploitation, and abuse. India has the largest number of brides in the world – one-third of the global total. Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage in Asia (the fourth highest rate in the world). Nepal has also one the highest rates of child marriage in Asia for both boys and girls.

https://www.unicef.org/rosa/what-we-do/child-protection/child-marriage

This emphasizes the adverse social, health and developmental impacts on girls’ lives throughout South Asia.

CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE UNITED STATES — April 15, 2019

CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE UNITED STATES

In the United States, more than 200,000 minors were married between 2000-2015. Parents may believe early marriage is in their daughter’s best interest, especially if she’s pregnant. But the vast majority of girls who marry before age 18 are harmed for life. They’re separated from their families and friends, and 50 percent more likely to drop out of school. Early marriage doubles a teenager’s chances of living in poverty and triples the likelihood she’ll be beaten by her spouse, compared to married adults. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_marriage_in_the_United_States)

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