Why does this happen? Well at the core of it, child marriage is rooted in gender inequality and the belief that girls and women are somehow inferior to boys and men. It is a very complex issue. Many causes such as poverty, lack of education, cultural practices, and insecurity aid this horrible practice. If we take a moment and put ourselves in these young girls shoes, we can truly understand just how devastating this is to them. Look at those you love around you. Our mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, nieces. We do everything to empower them and give them a bright future. Shouldn't every young girl deserve the same chance?
Well what is being done about it? In recent years, child marriage has gained increasing prominence on international and national development agendas. With this momentum, a lot of work is being done to help change this practice. By investing in projects and organizations working to change this practice we can help bring hope and opportunity to young girls worldwide.
Also by developing Safe Space Programs helping young girls learn life skills, health and financial literacy. As well as educating them and providing mentors and teachers to give young girls the confidence and skills they need. Even helping young girls start businesses and teaching them skills they need to succeed. It doesn't stop there, working with the parents, communities, and leaders to help save these young girls, teaching boys and men the value of these girls and helping them support young girls in their families, empowering them to reach their full potential. Having whole communities come together to change the status quo. Also establishing laws and implementing these laws are helping young girls worldwide.
These are our daughters, our sister, our nieces and we can help. By donating to organizations that are helping change young girls lives we are helping girls reach their full potential. We are giving them the opportunity to forge their own path.