WHAT IS MARRIAGE? Marriage is a recognized union between spouses, it is called MATRIMONY; that sets up obligation between a man and a woman as well as their offspring’s.
Who is a child? A child biologically is a person between the developmental period of infancy and puberty. A child may be seen as a person below the age of the majority. If a person is below the age of 18years unless under the law is applicable to the child. This is ratified by 192 of 194 member countries.
What is child marriage? Early marriage is synonymous to child marriage. Early marriage denies a girl her right to take a vital decision about her well-being sexual strength and health. It forces them out of school and pushes them into the life of poor prospects with a high rate of risk, violence, molestation, abuse and early death.
Where does early marriage take place? Mostly, every marriage is common in sub-Sahara. Africa where 38 of girls become child brides. Also, some countries like, in Bangladesh, 17 per cent of girls marry before they are 15years. The majority of married girls in Bangladesh have two children before they are 18years. Child Marriage is also common in East Africa where young girls have forced too many older men.
What are the effects of child marriage? Child Marriage has many effects which can prevent the girl from achieving her dreams. Early pregnancy is one of the effects of these harmful practices, they experience violence and also forced sexual relation. They are vulnerable to sexually transmitted disease (STDs), Human immune virus (HIV) etc.
Reasons for child marriage? Child Marriage can be fueled as a result of poverty, gender inequalities, insecurity, and traditions. Also, the law protecting girls are not enforced. Some families believe that early marriage will protect girls from sexual violence. In some countries, tribes, younger wives are considered to be more obedient.
Ways of controlling child marriage? Girls should be supported to acquire education and be independent, our work does not end in the kitchen. Families should be educated on sexual productive health, the government should set a legal marriage age to be 18years ad above and they should enforce laws to protect it, increase communities awareness on children’s right.
WE NEED TO ACT FAST ON CHILD MARRIAGE TO AVOID INCREASE OF OUR GIRLS BECOMING CHILD BRIDES!!!!
SAY NO TO GIRL CHILD MOLESTATION!!!
SAY NO TO RAP!!!
SAY NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT!!!