Saturday, March 3, 2012

Child Marriage

Although both girls and boys can suffer from this violation of human rights, there are mostly girls who are forced to marry an older man. According to Universal Declaration of Human Rights, people have the right to free and full consent to a marriage. Anyone under the age of 18 is not able to make a fully informed choice whether or not to marry; even if a young girl consents to marry, she has no idea about her decision. 
Child marriages occurs due to poverty, in the majority of the cases. Parents who have few resources cannot afford school for their daughters, instead they see marriage as a way of giving them a better future by providing male guardianship, protect them from sexual assault, avoid pregnancy outside marriage, and hope they can benefit from it financially. However, girls who marry young have an increased chance of being poor and remaining poor.
The consequences of child marriage are several. Girls are sexual abused and exploited. They have to face a separation from family and friends and become social isolated. They cannot count on anyone except on themselves. 
Child marriage compromises the girls' development once they are forced into sexual activity with her husband at an age where the bride is not physically and sexually mature. This has severe health consequences. Furthermore they are exposed to such serious health risks such as early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, like HIV/AIDS.
They are constantly under pressure, they always have to perform large amounts of domestic work, take care of their children while still children themselves, and they have no opportunities for employment and self-realisation.
Child marriage is a worldwide phenomenon but is most prevalent in Africa and Southern Asia. It is estimated that in the next decade more than 100 million girls are likely to be married before the age of eighteen. That is 25,000 new child brides every single day for the next ten years. 
Due to these facts governments must take immediate action! For example they can establish 18 as the legal age of marriage for girls, as well as boys, and ensure its implementation. Promoting birth and marriage registration will help enforce these laws. Besides expanding children’s knowledge and empowerment is crucial, particularly for girls once educated girls are less likely to agree to marry at a young age.


  1. É verdade. E se há coisa que não compreendo são os casamentos arranjados :s
    Infelizmente ainda são comuns em muitos países...

  2. I Really Love this post <3 it shows how terrible the life can be <3

  3. Infelizmente ainda há muito disto pelo nosso mundo

    Fi *

  4. Por acaso não tinha ideia que os maiores casos de violência doméstica aconteciam em casais onde o homem é mais velho..:S Este é realmente um tema muito actual e que parece teimar em não desaparecer...esperemos que melhores dias venham!


  5. Wow! I was really impressed the way you write here hun. I feel every words! :)

    Anyway, this is true. A lot here in Southeast Asia get married at a very young age. They call it arrange marriage! But its most done in India..

  6. AInda exite isso, mais faz parte da cultura deles,
    como mudar uma cultura ? fica dificil, beijinhos.

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  9. Já tinha lido um artigo sobre este assunto na National Geographic. Já agora, a fotografia que utilizaste neste post era a mesma que os jornalistas puseram no artigo.
    Gostei do blog e achei interessante, vou seguir :)

    1. eu também li esse artigo, e a foto chamou-me muito a atenção, por isso que a coloquei aqui. acho que ganhou um prémio qualquer xD