Marriage; Not Meant for Children

Forced Child Marriage

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My name is Brooke and this flyer was created as part of a school project to inform people about forced child marriage. Scan this QR code to access my online flyer and links.

Forced child marriage sadly occurs in South America, Caribbean, Middle East, and mostly Africa. “More than 70 percent of girls under the age of 18 are married in Niger, Chad and Mali”(The Elders). In some places like Malawi girls are supposed to go to initiation camps to get pregnant and have a family once they hit puberty. “Mozambique and Zambia are forced to go to camps where they are shown how to please a man in bed in order to prepare them for marriage”(“Forced Sex Camps Prepare Girls for Child Marriage”). Forced child marriage is a widespread issue and is developing in some countries which shouldn’t be happening.

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Stated by Africa News Service, “driven by poverty, pride price, cowry, cultural traditions, laws that allow child marriages, religious and social pressures, regional customs, fear of remaining unmarried, illiteracy, and perceived inability a woman to work for money”.
The U.N. Human Rights Council and Girls Not Brides are a big help with stopping forced child marriage. Academic Search Premier said “U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to child, early and forced marriage, and recognizing child marriage as a violation of human rights”.