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Breaking the Cycle: How Communities Are Fighting Against Child Marriage

Child marriage continues to be a pressing issue that plagues many societies around the world. It is a violation of human rights and a major obstacle to the development of individuals and communities. Despite efforts to eradicate this harmful practice, millions of girls are still forced into marriage before they reach adulthood.

One of the main drivers of child marriage is poverty. Families living in poverty often see their daughters as financial burdens and marrying them off at a young age is seen as a way to alleviate economic hardship. In some communities, girls are married off in exchange for a bride price, which provides the family with much-needed resources.

Cultural and traditional beliefs also play a significant role in perpetuating child marriage. In some societies, it is seen as a customary practice to marry off girls at a young age to preserve the family’s honor and ensure they are taken care of by a husband. This highlights the importance of addressing deep-rooted beliefs and norms that support child marriage.

Child marriage has devastating consequences for girls. They are often taken out of school, forced to drop out, and denied the opportunity to reach their full potential. Early marriage also exposes girls to higher risks of domestic violence, early pregnancy, and pregnancy-related complications, putting their health and wellbeing at risk.

Efforts to end child marriage require a multi-faceted approach that addresses the root causes of the issue. This includes empowering girls through education and economic opportunities, raising awareness about the harmful effects of child marriage, and working with communities to change attitudes and norms surrounding early marriage.

Governments, civil society organizations, and individuals all have a role to play in ending child marriage. By working together and taking concrete actions, we can create a world where all girls are able to grow up in a safe and supportive environment, free from the shackles of early marriage. The time to act is now to ensure a better future for the next generation.

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Nada Alahdal
A human rights activist to advocate for the issue of child marriage, and head of the

Nada Foundation

for the Protection of Girls

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