Being Forced to Grow up too Fast
Forced Child Marriage
Problems Child Brides Face
- Young girls in forced marriages are more vulnerable to HIV.
- Once the teenage girls are married, they face the problems of being violently hit and face having health problems from the violence and sexual encounters with their husbands.
- “Child brides face a higher risk of death and injury during pregnancy and childbirth with girls under the age of 15 being more likely to die during delivery than women in their 20’s.”(Grams).
Helping Get Rid of Child Marriage
- By adding educational and economical opportunities, women can attend schools and colleges making their futures brighter while escaping the abuse of their marriages.
- If child brides went to school and got an education they would empower themselves and other girls.
- “In 116 countries The UN or the United Nations made a resolution to ban child marriage” (Child Marriage).
Causes of Child Marriage
- The problem of child marriages cuts across many countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities.
- Child brides can be found in every region of the world, from the Middle East to Latin America and even South Asia to Europe.
- In many countries girls, are seen as a burden.
Every year about 14 million teenage girls are married before the age of 18. As forced child marriage is a global problem, it is ruining the lives of innocent girls from age 9 to 17. It has been determined that “child marriage has decreased by 28% since 1985” (Too Young to be a Bride). And if the global problem doesn’t decrease more the percentage of girls who marry before there adolescent years will increase.