Tearing Down Tradition
The Tradition of Child Marriage
- Child marriage is a happening event in the Middle East and South Asia because of the religion and age-old traditions go unquestioned.
- One twisted man from a polygamist community in remote parts of the United States has been imprisoned for having sexual intercourse with his underage wife.
- 8 or 9 are the youngest ages exposed to child marriage, and probably the ages it is most traumatic to.
- A devastating 30% of today’s women were once girls who got married before their 18th birthdays (McCoy).
- Out of the approximate amount of 3 billion grown women today, 30% is 900 million.
- Not only are girls forced into marriage, but boys are as well.
Effects of Child Marriage
- Jangazya tells us that, “Having sexual relations with a child does not make anyone rich, nor cure HIV/AIDS but can cause internal lacerations, bleeding and death.”
- Stated in “What Is The Impact?” girls are, “Neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers, child brides are at greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence.”
- Marrying early on in their lives leaves girls without the requirements to escape poverty
How Organizations Reach Out
- Organizations like UNICEF and Girls Not Brides are working against child marriage, and they plan on lowering the numbers.
- Not only are organizations making laws to ban child marriage, they are teaching people how to make effective arguments by having empathy and respect for their significant other (Martin).