Child brides

Adolescents in Nepal perform a drama about child marriage as part of a global programme to help educate and end child marriage

Adolescents in Nepal perform a drama about child marriage as part of a global programme to help educate and end child marriage

1 🇳🇵 Child brides face danger in Nepal

25 mrt. 2011

Early marriages are common in many parts of Nepal. But, after reports of murders each month, child rights activists say the lives of young girls are being put in danger – particularly when families argue over dowries paid by a bride’s family to the groom’s. Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha reports from Siraha district, on the threats faced by child brides.

2 Married at 14: Syria’s refugee child brides | Talk to Al Jazeera

1 jul. 2018

Each year, childhood ends for an estimated 15 million girls around the world who marry before the age of 18, according to the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW). South Asia has the largest concentration of child brides, but early marriage is a global phenomenon.

Girls living in poverty are more susceptible, and by marrying so young, research shows, girls perpetuate the cycle of poverty. UNICEF says they typically drop out of school and as a result, face poor job prospects.

The Syrian war has created a vortex of conditions, such as displacement and poverty as well as fears about the so-called honour and safety of girls that have prompted families to marry off their daughters.

From the onset of the Syrian war in 2011 to the present, child marriage has spiked from 15 to 36 percent in the kingdom. European countries such as Sweden and Germany, that have welcomed large numbers of Syrian refugees, are also grappling with a dilemma: permit child marriage or separate families.

Child brides commonly face domestic violence, restricted movement and are often not given a voice when it comes to making decisions in the family. No matter the justifications families give, the ICRW says, child marriage is “a violation of human rights and a form of violence against girls”.

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3 The Child Brides Of Yemen (2014)

8 sep. 2016

Child Brides (2014): More than 40% of marriages in Yemen’s poorest areas are celebrated with girls younger than 15. Subjected to sexual violence, many die as a result of internal bleeding, childbirth, or attempt suicide.

“It’s destiny. People marry young girls all the time”, says the father of Jamila, who was sold into marriage aged 12 to resolve a debt issue. In one of the world’s most conservative countries, a strict interpretation of Islam dictates people’s lives. Poverty, mass unemployment, a culture of glorifying the beauty of young girls, lack of a legal framework, and increasingly, marriage tourism from the Gulf, makes the work of human rights advocates difficult. In Al-Qaeda’s last stronghold, child brides are a political issue. Abdelmalik al-Taji, a professor of Islamic Law, argues that it’s not a question of compassion nor a matter of protection for the girls, instead fixed minimum age for marriage “has been proposed by the UN who wish to impose their laws on the whole world”. According to him, when a body of a girl reaches maturity it is ready for marriage, even at the age of 10. Meanwhile, a doctor relates a case of a 14 year old who was rushed to the hospital on her wedding night. A case of severe bleeding caused by a tear in her vagina led to her death. Aisha, who describes her wedding night as the biggest shock of her life, drank rat poison to escape her abusive husband: “I wanted to free myself from it all”.

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4 Child Marriage And Rape Is Still Legal In Yemen (2013)

1 sep. 2016

The Youngest Bride (2013): The story of Nujood Ali, a young girl married off at 8 then raped and beaten by her husband, shocked the international community. But child marriage remains a legal and common practise in Yemen.

“He sexually assaulted me on the wedding night. His mother was holding me,” remembers Nujood. Traumatised, she sought refuge from her relatives but was turned away for fear of shaming the family. With no one to rely on but herself, she took a taxi to court where a judge, outraged by her story, granted her a divorce. But Nujood was lucky in a country which does not recognise marital rape as a crime and has no minimum marriage age. A reform to introduce it was blocked last year by Yemen’s Muslim Brotherhood. “Islam doesn’t specify an age for marriage. Why make a problem out of nothing?” asks one member of Yemen’s parliament. Nujood is set on fighting child marriage in Yemen when she grows up; but with an estimated half of all brides aged below 18 and many families hoping to alleviate poverty with dowries, she faces a bitter struggle.

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5 Child Marriage in India: Teenage Girls Forced to Marry

3 mrt. 2019

Instead of focusing on their education, teenage girls in Malda, a border town in West Bengal, are focused on the fear of being forced to marry without their consent. VICE India host Makepeace Sitlhou meets schoolgirls, Priyanka, Ismoarah, Moushumi, and Masuda, to understand how they navigate through life in a society where the sole purpose of a girl’s existence seems to be marriage. Note:
The name of the principal of Dalla High School is Jaydeb Lahiri.


11 mei 2016

A documentary on Child/Early marriage produced by the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF).



7 Protecting girls’ futures by ending child marriage – The Stream

16 okt. 2015

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Epidemic of Child Marriage in Bangladesh

9 jun. 2015

Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world, with 29 percent of girls in Bangladesh married before age 15, according to a UNICEF study. Two percent of girls in Bangladesh are married before age 11. Successive inaction by the central government and complicity by local officials allows child marriage, including of very young girls, to continue unchecked, while Bangladesh’s high vulnerability to natural disasters puts more girls at risk as their families are pushed into the poverty that helps drive decisions to have girls married.

9 Child Brides in Nepal

8 sep. 2016

The Nepal government has failed to take sufficient steps to end child marriage, in spite of promises to do so, and girls and boys across the country continue to be deeply harmed by child marriage. In July 2014, Nepal’s government pledged to end child marriage by 2020. By 2016, this goal had shifted to ending child marriage by 2030. The government has yet to take the concrete steps needed to achieve either goal.
Nepal has the third highest rate of child marriage in Asia, with 37 percent of girls marrying before age 18, and 10 percent marrying before the age of 15, despite the fact that the minimum age of marriage is 20 under Nepali law. A smaller percentage of boys (an estimated 11 percent) marry before age 18. Nepal’s government has taken some action to stop the practice of child marriage, but a long-promised national plan to end child marriage has met with delays. Human Rights Watch research–based on interviews with 104 children and young adults who married as children – documents the economic and social pressures that lead to child marriage and the devastating results of those marriages.

10 Stolen Dreams Broken Lives – Child Marriage in Nepal

15 aug. 2017

Lisa Mylynn
I’ve never watched a documentary about child marriage that included the male point of view. I always think that it’s young girls marrying someone who is twenty or thirty years older than her. I didn’t know that young boys are forced into child marriages. I do find hope in these young people when they say they will not continue with child marriage for their children. I pray one day this will all change and these children are allowed to be children and not husbands and wives at such young ages.
what ?
I’m glad they included a male in this documentary since we never hear about how the boys suffer as well.
Viharika J
So you ruin your child’s life to keep your “honour” intact? Where’s the honour in that?

11 Forced To Marry At 13: Bangladesh’s Child Brides

26 mrt. 2018

Too Young To Wed: In rural Bangladesh parents often regard their daughters as a financial burden. Marrying off girls as young as 10 has become a cultural norm, despite child marriage being illegal. 
“I want to be so many things when I grow up. I want to be a doctor so I can help people”, says Beezly, a 13-year-old schoolgirl. But her parents have other plans for their daughter: they have arranged to wed her to a man twice her age. The illicit ceremony is conducted in a secret location to avoid police attention. Her new husband has no time for her aspirations. “A good wife takes care of me when I come home from my shop. She will make me food and get along with my parents”. Beezly’s story is typical of young girls in Bangladesh, which has the highest child marriage rate in Asia. But not everyone is happy with the status quo. Keshab Roy’s niece poisoned herself when her family tried to force her into marriage. “I keep thinking of her. Why isn’t she here? How many more girls are going to die like this?” he asks. He now tries to convince families not to force young daughters into marriage, and organises cinema screenings to broadcast his message to a wider audience. Yet without a more fundamental challenge to the value placed on girls, it will be an uphill battle to break the cycle.

12 Child Marriage in Bangladesh: Too Young to Wed | 101 East | बांग्लादेश में बाल विवाह

15 jan. 2016

101 East travels to Bangladesh to find out why young girls are often forced to marry men twice their age.
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13 Mamoni’s Story: The Child Bride

13 jan. 2016

In India many children face child marriages against their will. Find out how Mamoni was impacted at 14 years old. Produced by Andy Meier. Direction and Camera by Andy Meier and Tom Anlezark. Edited by Tom Anlezark. Created for Compassion Australia

14 The Truth About Child Brides

22 okt. 2012


15 Child Marriage

11 jul. 2019

SOC Films

Our third animated short-film from ‘Shattering the Silence’, entitled “Child Marriage”, is told through the eyes of a young girl, and follows the story of Mina, a child who is pulled out of school and married off at a young age. As the film progresses, we see the physical and mental toll that an early marriage can have on a child bride, and consequently the limited opportunities that lend themselves to women with no proper educational qualifications when marriages don’t work out.

Through resilience, determination and awareness, Mina is ultimately able to turn her life around when she approaches Panah – a shelter that not only takes both Mina and her daughter in but gives her vocational training.

Voiceover: Rabia Kiran Rajpoot
Illustrator: Hassham Shabbir
Producer/Scriptwriter: Eleyna Haroun
Co-Producer: Kulsum Ebrahim
Translations: Injila Hamesh
Sound: Sameer Khan


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16 Child Marriage

27 mei 2019

India is now seeing a transitional period, with the prevalence of child marriage1 declining from 47 percent of girls married before age 18, in 2005-2006 to 27 percent in 2015-2016. United Andhra Pradesh had the ninth-highest number of people who were married as children in 2011, though the percentage of those effectively married before 18 was only marginally higher than the national average, at 4 percent. The practice of child marriage not only deprives girls from essential nutritional needs but also leads to severe implications such as early pregnancies, limited career opportunities, and stagnant physical growth. To raise awareness on this issue. Mahita- Plan India In collaboration with the Department of Women & Child Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh under the aegis of Girls Advocacy Alliance developed a video titled Child Marriage to raise the awareness on the issues of child marriages in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The videos have been endorsed by Olympic Medalist Ms. P.V. Sindhu. The Video has been released during the launching of Kishore Vikasam-II Phase programme.

17 Stop Child Marriage

Child marriage is recognized as a major development issue that affects girls in many countries. In Bangladesh, women aged 18-22 who married as children has declined over time but remains high at 59 percent. The practice has been linked to various health risks and lower education attainment, among others. The elimination of child marriage is part of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) yet more needs to be done than just adopting laws.

18 LIKE SISTERS : Award winning short film on Child Marriage.

5 mrt. 2013

WINNER: Infocom-Assocham Award for Best Public Service Film.
Official Selection: Anim Arte Film Festival, Brazil
Finalist: GBV Festival, Mumbai.

Produced by CLIMB MEDIA

Childline Team: Nishit Kumar, Nipa Bhansali
Storyboard, Design & Direction: Prashant Shikare
Creative Producer: Kireet Khurana
Story screenplay: Tehzeeb Khurana / Kireet Khurana
Visual Direction : Raviraj Kumbhar
Animation Director : Vishnu Jadhav
Compositing : Arvind Shirke
Music : Ashish Jha / Pravin Jain
Sound design : Pranay Sane
Animation Producer : Nikhil Warwadekar
Exec. Producer : Raviraj Wade

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19 “Muniya” Based on Child Marriage

29 nov. 2018

MUNIYA: A Short film based on Child Marriage issues in Bihar or across the country is produced by Vaibhav Cinecrafts. It was made for “Women Development Corporation,Bihar”


20 Come Together Preventing Child Marriage in India

2 jan. 2018

A HAQ: Centre for Child Rights Film Direction and Screen Play by Avijit Dutt
This film is based on HAQ’ s project- Strengthening Governance to Prevent Child Marriage being implemented in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. HAQ: Centre for Child Rights along with its partners Jabala and MV Foundation has demonstrated that with a strong convergence of government systems and community efforts, child marriages can be prevented.
The actors in the film are not professionals. They are from the community, and several of them are persons who work on preventing child marriages in their area, in their official capacity or as concerned members of the society.

21 Life of an Early Married Girl (Fictional film on Mother and Child Health)

11 jun. 2018


22 Child Marriage in India

26 apr. 2017

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23 Did You listen to Your Child When they Told You About the Abuse?

17 nov. 2014

In India we are not comfortable talking to children about sex and sexuality.
They are not comfortable telling us about sexual abuse.In this film a boy struggles to tell his parents about sexual abuse by his uncle.
Highly recommended for parents, teachers and every person who comes in contact with children.

24 Child Marriage Survivors’s Experience 1

16 feb. 2016

1 in 4 girls in Ghana are married before their 18th birthday. Most of them unwillingly. These are the testimonies of some of their experiences. Produced as part of the Ending Child Marriage Campaign for the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection with the support of Unicef, The Royal Netherlands Embassy and The Canadian High Commission in Ghana.
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25 CF Child Marriages in Zimbabwe Dorothy Meck

7 mrt. 2018


26 One Night Bride…. documentry movie on girls trafficking

14 apr. 2017

Short documentary film on girls trafficking

27 The Philippines’ Baby Factory | 101 East

18 jan. 2018

The Philippines’ Baby Factory: They call it the “baby factory”. At the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in the Philippines’ capital, Manila, an infant is born every 12 minutes. Many of the new mothers are teenagers, some just 13.

28 Child Marriage in Bangladesh and Nepal

18 jul. 2014

29 From child, to bride, to mother in Nepal: Sumina’s story

9 feb. 2017

In 2016, Girls Not Brides met Sumina in a makeshift shelter in Katmandu, Nepal. Sumina fell in love and married when she was 15, just before the earthquake devastated her home. Now with an ill 8-month-old baby and heart problems, she and her husband are struggling to make ends meet. This is her story.
37% of Nepalese girls are married before the age of 18. The causes of child marriage range from poverty, food insecurity, and lack of alternatives such as access to education.
For more information about child marriage in Nepal, visit the Girls Not Brides website:…

30 Jury Award: “Child Marriage: Let Me Breathe with my Dream” – Novera Hasan Nikkon, 20, Bangladesh

23 mei 2018

Jury Award recipient in the category of “Issues Illuminated” for the 2018 FILM YOUR ISSUE: Youth Speak Out, Leadership Listens. 20-yr-old Novera Hasan Nikkon from Bangladesh speaks out against child marriages in her country in her submission to “Film Your Issue.” “Film Your Issue: Youth Speak Out, Leadership Listens.”

“In Bangladesh child marriage is a strong social custom and has the fourth highest rate of child marriage in the world. Due to cultural setting, girls are regarded here as an economic burden and are expected to marry very young,” says Novera. “So, for millions of girls in Bangladesh, marriage comes so soon and the damage follows them throughout their lives. This has been the way of lives of girls of Bangladesh from generation to generation.”

Adds Novera: “There is no difference between a Boy and a Girl. Everyone has equal rights to build up his or her destiny. Girls are never Burden.”

“This film is a true story of a young girl named Sharmin Akhter who stood up against her child marriage arranged by her own mother and ultimately succeeded to stop it through a long struggle and become an icon in the society . Certainly, her heroic and victorious example of will encourage the girls to decide their own destiny while showing their parents a way to be supportive of their decision rather than regarding them as an economic burden.”

Novera is an undergraduate student at Jagannath University , Dhaka, Bangladesh . She has been attached with “Dhrupad Communication” since 2013 as an Assistant Producer/Director.

HeathCliff’s take: While it’s a traditional style of doc filmmaking, it’s a polished, accomplished piece of journalism merged with cinema from a 20-year-old that tells a story from the heart of things – a story that is shocking and exists in the world at this very moment.


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31 Standing up to Child Marriage

2 mrt. 2011

Child marriage is a key issue for young people in Bangladesh, particularly adolescent girls. Through UNICEF’s Adolescent Empowerment project young people are finding the support networks they need to stand against the practice.

32 Girls Not Brides: working together to end child marriage

11 okt. 2018

Every year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. They are denied their rights to health, education, and opportunity.
But when girls are allowed to fulfil their potential, everybody benefits. Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of over 1000 civil society organisations in more than 95 countries working to end child marriage.
Together, we bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies, and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.
Visit and find us on Facebook and Twitter @GirlsNotBrides.

33 Népal : Mettre fin aux mariages d’enfants

8 sep. 2016

(Sous-titres via “cc”) – Témoignages de jeunes filles népalaises qui ont dû se marier à un jeune âge – certaines à 12 ans – et ont dû quitter l’école avant de tomber parfois elles-mêmes enceintes. Au Népal, 37 % des filles se marient avant l’âge de 18 ans, malgré une loi qui fixe l’âge minimum du mariage à 20 ans. HRW appelle le gouvernement à faire appliquer cette loi et à prendre d’autres mesures contre les mariages précoces.” Communiqué

34 Why does the US have so many child brides? – BBC News

24 okt. 2017

Angel was 13 when her mother forced her to marry and start a family. “I felt like a slave,” she says of her childhood. While countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and El Salvador have recently banned child marriage, it remains legal in the US – and half of states have no set minimum age below which you cannot get married. For the BBC’s America First? series the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool is exploring health and social issues where the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in international rankings. Video by Franz Strasser; produced by Ashley Semler

35 Child Marriage Hasn’t Been Fully Banned In Any U.S. State (HBO)

10 feb. 2018

Between 2000 and 2010, an estimated 248,000 children were married in the United States, with the majority of cases involving a younger girl marrying an older man. This is according to Unchained at Last, an organization that helps victims of forced and arranged marriages.
Such marriages are associated with a variety of negative outcomes, but thus far no state in the US has banned the practice outright. Last year, Democratic State Senator Jerry Hill attempted to make California the first to do so, but ran into opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. He plans to re-introduce another version of the bill soon, however it will still allow for minors to marry.
Florida is now poised to become the first state to pass a full ban. Last week, a “no exceptions” bill authored by Republican State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto was passed unanimously by her colleagues in the Senate. The bill is currently before the Florida house, where a floor vote is expected next week. However it has been met with some opposition and passage is no way guaranteed.
VICE News met with state lawmakers and child marriage survivors about attempts to change existing laws.

36 Child Marriage: Zimbabwe

25 nov. 2015

Child marriage in Africa often ends a girl’s education, exposes her to domestic violence and grave health risks from early childbearing and HIV, and traps her in poverty, Human Rights Watch said today. Zimbabwe’s government should lead by example at the African Union Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage and pledge to set and enforce 18 as the minimum legal age for marriage.

37 – 13, and a Bride

10 jul. 2012

In Dosso, Niger 13-year-old Mariama has just discovered that she will be married in a few days time. Mariama’s mother was worried that her daughter would have a child out of wedlock and then no one would marry her so she accepted 100,00 CFA (200 USD) as a dowry from a local market trader in his mid-20s.
Watch – IMAGINE: Improve the education of girls in Niger
Plan International is working with girls, their parents and communities to educate them about the consequences of child marriage, particularly the dangers to a girls’ health if she gives birth before her body is ready. Plan International believes that sending girls to school is essential for reducing child marriage and funds 200 schools in Niger , focusing on educating girls and ending early and forced marriage.
Learn more about our work to end child marriage:…

38 Married at 13, fighting for a divorce | UNICEF

25 nov. 2015

Married at the age of 13 in Mauritania, Fatimetou is trying to pick back up the pieces of her life. Now 16, she reflects on the time saying “when I got married, I realised everything was a lie.”
She fled to her parents’ home only to be sent back to her husband. With few options, Fatimetou decided to live on the streets, yet continued going to school “I couldn’t give up on that.” she says.
With the new-found support of her mother and a local advocacy organisation, the optimistic teenager is actively working to get divorce.

39 The 14-Year-Old Child Bride Forced to Marry In a Polygamous Sect | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN

30 okt. 2019

Elissa Wall grew up in Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect and was forced into an arranged marriage with her cousin at age 14. Finally, at the age of 17, Elissa escaped her marriage. Elissa’s testimony, detailing her forced marriage, helped finally put self-proclaimed polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs behind bars. In 2008, Elissa shared her chilling story with Oprah.
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40 Child Marriage Around the World: Afghanistan — Bobogai

29 jul. 2019

With lenders “pressing hard” on her widowed mother, 11-year-old Babogai went from a childhood selling firewood and paper to help her family, to a young wife overwhelmed by her responsibilities and overburdened by her husband and his family’s expectations. Back at home after two months, she sells paper again for 10 or 20 afghanis.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

41 Child Marriage Around the World: Afghanistan — Somaya

29 jul. 2019

Somaya was 13 and completing seventh grade when, as she says, “I lost my childhood.” Her father, Aminallah, accepted a $3,300 payment in exchange for marrying her off to a relative’s son. 
The girl begged her new husband and in-laws to allow her to return to school, “but they wouldn’t let me.” Instead, she says, they cursed and beat her. Finally, after months of struggle, she obtained a divorce. Now living with her mother and brother, Somaya has found comfort in their company and pride in her work as a seamstress. 
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

42 Child Marriage and Women Empowerment in Afghanistan

9 mei 2019

Benesh and Esin talk about their experiences of child marriage.
Learn More about Child Marriage:…
Paulina Moricette
Well done to the women in this video that sided with her daughter, who at a young age, realised child marriage would be of no benefit her or her family in the long- term. More parents in countries, which upholds child marriages, should adopt this stance and stand up for their daughters and disagree to prospect of marrying their daughters before their 18th birthday. Child marriage happens owing to poverty and paedophiles being on hand, to take advantage of parents desperate situation. Mothes please do not sell your daughters no matter how desperate your situation. Trust in God to find another way out for you….
This needs to be seen more and spoken about, that’s the only way we will see hope shine light for the many young women that this world needs to protect. I honestly can’t decide to pick like or dislike. But this video is being saved in my “inspiring” playlist, as for that playlist is for what inspires me to change..
Gerard Vinet
Give them the qualities they must desire , but with Medical practice, available groups & a little Western culture to obliterate those nasty taste of Capitalism & Decline .And especially Child exploitation & Sex slavery .Thanx for the head’s up , godspeed !

43 Child Marriage Around the World: Pakistan — Qubra

29 jul. 2019

As a slender 13-year-old, Qubra Bibi was wed to a man roughly twice her age. Dodo Khan brought her to live in his family’s compound in Pir Baksh Lashari, a village in Pakistan’s southeastern province of Sindh. He needed someone to care for his ailing, widowed mother and their home.
Now 19, Qubra muses about the decisions — made by others — to end her schooling in eighth grade and set her on a course of housework and motherhood.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

44 Child Marriage Around the World: Iraq — Shaima

6 aug. 2019

At 16, Shaima married a man 12 years her senior to ease her parents’ money troubles. Soon after her marriage, her husband inflicted a beating that permanently damaged her left eye because she was studying for classes at the local arts institute. Shaima, who thought she had his support to continue her education, attempted suicide. She survived, only to endure a divorce that left her isolated in her lifelong hometown in Iraqi Kurdistan. Today, she has resumed her studies in theater, music and the arts.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

45 Child Marriage Around the World: USA — Katie

29 jul. 2019

Married at 16 to a man nearly as old as her father, Katie Burns built a loving relationship that has lasted for eight years.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

46 Child Marriage Around the World: USA — Ashley

29 jul. 2019

Hoping to prevent her older boyfriend from being jailed for statutory rape, Ashley Duncan, then 15 and pregnant, married him. Now 25, and separated for several years but unable to afford a divorce, she is a stay-at-home mom helping to raise two sons from her estranged marriage and her boyfriend’s two young sons.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

47 Child Marriage Around the World: Honduras — Olga

29 jul. 2019


Living together outside of marriage is common among young Honduran women like her, says Olga Emelina Vásquez Pena. The 19-year-old says she moved in with her boyfriend when she was 17. Now, the couple share their home in the La Paz region with their daughter. Economics play a big role in normalizing such informal unions, according to Vásquez and her mother. “Divorcing here is very difficult and expensive,” the elder woman says. “Here, people are poor.”

Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

48 Child Marriage Around the World: Mexico — Estrella

6 aug. 2019

Estrella was in the sixth grade when Hendrin insisted, with the urgency of young love, that they spend the rest of their lives together. On Aug. 25, 2018, over the initial objections of their parents, Estrella Belen Estrada Rodriguez married Hendrin Gonzalez Melchor and settled at his family’s small ranch in the poor, southern state of Chiapas. She was 13. He was 15.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

49 Child Marriage Around the World: Indonesia — Rasminah

8 aug. 2019

In Indonesia, a former child bride pushes back, seeks change.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

50 Child Marriage Around the World: Tanzania — Mwanhamis

6 aug. 2019

After refusing to marry, Mwanahamisi Abdallah sought help and now champions female empowerment.
Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project…

51 No Mountain Too High – Ending child marriage in Nepal

16 nov. 2015

This film tells the story of 15-year-old Maya and her husband, Buddha in Nepal. Once married Maya was forced to drop out of school. Inaccessible by road, her village has received very minimal support following the April earthquake.

Young community volunteers in earthquake-affected areas have joined Plan International’s mobile team – and are determined to reach children and their families who have received little-to-no humanitarian support since the April earthquake.

Plan International’s mobile team learned that Maya wasn’t attending school and spoke to her, Buddha and his parents.

In September 2015, Maya was allowed back to school.

In the last six months, Plan International’s 59 mobile outreach teams have provided counselling support and disseminate life-saving information and key messaging to thousands of children and adults across earthquake-impacted areas.

Read Plan International’s latest report on why children get married and what we can do about it… #endchildmarriage


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52 My fight to end child marriage in America

25 apr. 2019

Many people think of child marriage as something that only happens in developing countries or among certain religious groups. However, there are loopholes in the law that make child marriage legal in almost every state across America. It’s a shocking fact, and it’s one that is difficult for many people to comprehend. 
Sherry Johnson is a survivor of child marriage. At age 11, she was forced to marry her rapist, who was also the deacon of her Florida church. By age 27, Sherry had given birth to 9 children. Today, decades later, she has dedicated her life to ensuring that no child will be forced to enter marriage before they reach adulthood. Through her advocacy work, she is committed to changing child marriage laws in America and across the globe. Check out Sherry’s 2018 TEDMED Talk to learn why she believes that sharing her story, and encouraging others to speak out as well, is a critical part of changing laws and protecting children from child marriage.
Dhynasah Çakir
Child marriage is a guise for pedophiles. I’m so sad for her and disgusted by all the men who preyed on her and abused her. It’s so common…there was a girl in my husband’s school ( he is a teacher) who was impregnated by her uncle. She was in 6th grade!! They reported the situation but nothing happened. She had that baby and continued to be raped and abused. There was another girl who was raped by her mother boyfriend and the mom didnt believe her. She told her teachers…and the next week she committed suicide. There is something seriously wrong with the system if teachers report these incidents but nothing happens.

Danny Bourne

#respect to you ‘Destiny’ for being strong and courageous.

Trina Golden

This is an extremely tragic & sickening story. Sherry was failed by everyone in her life. It’s inspiring how she overcame all of the horrors that happened to her at such a young age! I’m soo glad that she is lobbying for change in the child marriage law. Child marriage is definitely a ,”get out of jail free,” pass for pedophiles in most cases. Everyone should be outraged that 47 states still allow this practice. I can see if the ppl wanting to be married have a 2-3 yr age difference; ie. a 16 yr old marrying a 19 yr old. Or a 17 yr old marrying a 20 yr old, that’s acceptable to me. However, these drastic age differences between a child/teen and an adult has got to stop!

53 The world we want: End child marriage

3 okt. 2013

Watch an exciting new film about ending child marriage in Zambia:…
Go to to find out more. Follow #endchildmarriage to join the conversation.
Every year, approximately 14 million girls are married before they turn 18, robbed of their rights to education, health and a life free of violence. Child marriage undermines our efforts to build a healthier, safer, just and more prosperous world for all.
Solutions exist. Child marriage can end. But we must work together.
This new video from Girls Not Brides looks at how we can work together to make child marriage history and improve the lives of millions of girls around the globe.

54 Ending child marriage – breaking the cycle of malnutrition | The Hunger Project


6 okt. 2015

Women and girls are the key to end hunger. They are the ones who can really make a difference. When their potential is unlocked, all of society benefits. Yet many girls don’t get the chance to shine. Everyday, 39.000 girls are forced to get married. And almost half of the girls in low- and middle-income countries are pregnant before their 18th birthday. Suddenly, they are no longer girls. Child marriages impede the full potential of girls. And child marriage and hunger are interconnected. The Hunger Project is committed to break the circle of malnutrition. By ending child marriages. And by preventing malnourishment.

55 Girls Not Brides: Traditions can change – ending child marriage

15 sep. 2011

Watch an exciting new film about ending child marriage in Zambia:…

Child marriage robs 10 million girls a year of their childhood. A harmful traditional practice, child marriage denies girls their rights to health, education and security.
‘Great change can happen within a single generation. I know this to be true.’ – Desmond Tutu
In this new video from Girls Not Brides¸Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu of The Elders call on people around the world to action: to end child marriage in a single generation.

56 Girls Not Brides: working together to end child marriage

11 okt. 2018

Every year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. They are denied their rights to health, education, and opportunity. 
But when girls are allowed to fulfil their potential, everybody benefits. Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of over 1000 civil society organisations in more than 95 countries working to end child marriage. 
Together, we bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies, and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls. 
Visit and find us on Facebook and Twitter @GirlsNotBrides.

57 From child, to bride, to mother: Child marriage in Nepal

11 jan. 2017

37% of Nepalese girls are married before the age of 18. The causes of child marriage range from poverty, food insecurity, and lack of alternatives such as access to education. 
Girls Not Brides met 18 year-old Sangita to find out how she went from being a teenager at school to married and pregnant at the age of 17. 
For more information about child marriage in Nepal, visit the Girls Not Brides website:…

58 Early marriage / Akuuta Nyenanga Ngikaru

9 okt. 2015

About this video
This is a fictional video developed by FilmAid as part of the Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP). KEEP promotes attendance, retention, and learning outcomes for marginalized refugee and host community girls in Northern Kenya. As part of the project’s work to promote girls’ education through community engagement, short fictional films were developed in order to raise issues surrounding the prevention of early marriage and girls’ right to education. These films are screened throughout the community and followed by community discussions lead by trained facilitators. KEEP provides secondary school scholarships and a range of other support in order to promote girls’ education and collaborates with community members and government officials in order to prevent early marriage. 
This initiative is funded by the Girls’ Education Challenge from the Government of the United Kingdom and implemented by World University Service of Canada and our partner, Windle International Kenya. Genre Fiction, short film Language Swahili with English subtitles, English


18 dec. 2015

The documentary looks at the story of two girls and a boy who were married off at a young age in Zambia’s Nchelenge District located in Luapula Province. They share the story of the hardships they faced during their marriages. We also look at the interventions being implemented in the area in dealing with the problem of early marriage by the traditional leadership. The News in Depth program aired on 14th December,2015 on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation -ZNBC TV1.

60 Too Young to Wed: Rajasthan

9 dec. 2013

Keshanta, 16, wants to be a teacher. Rajyanti, 17, hopes to become a doctor. Laali, 15, isn’t sure just yet what she wants to be when she grows up. But she, like her classmates in a rural part of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is certain she doesn’t want to be a child bride. “My life would be ruined,” said Rajyanti, who at 16 resisted her parents’ efforts to marry her off. “I refused the marriage because I want to study and be something.”

Keshanta and Laali were 13 when their families pushed them to get married. Like Rajyanti, they refused, and, with the help of their teachers, persuaded their parents to let them continue their education.

In India, where 47 percent of girls are married before the age of 18—56 percent in rural communities like the one these girls live in—stories like these are few and far between. But programs aimed at educating and empowering girls are beginning to bear fruit, giving these girls the confidence to say “no” to early marriage, which, for many, would once have been a foregone conclusion.

Those advocating for an end to child marriage say it’s hardly a trend at this point, as India still has one of the world’s highest child marriage rates. In fact, an estimated 26 million Indian women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married before their 18th birthdays, and another 28 million will face the same fate over the next two decades if current trends continue, according to data gathered by UNFPA, the UN Population Fund.

And the dire health, economic and social consequences of child marriage extend far beyond the girls themselves, resulting in more infant and maternal deaths, physical and sexual violence and an unending cycle of poverty in many regions of the world, not just in India. Without intervention, the UNFPA estimates another 142 million girls around the globe will become child brides over the next decade.

“Child marriage is an appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of their education, health and long-term prospects,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the UNFPA’s executive director. “A girl who is married as a child is one whose potential will not be fulfilled. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together and end child marriage.”

In India, there’s reason for optimism. In Haryana state, north of Rajasthan, a government program called Apni Beti Apna Dhan—Our Daughter, Our Wealth in English—offers parents a savings bond when a daughter is born that pays out only if she remains unmarried until after her 18th birthday. The International Center for Research on Women is evaluating the program to determine its impact on child marriage rates, a study that should be completed later this year. But anecdotal evidence suggests it’s helping delay marriage for some girls.

ICRW researchers recently examined 23 successful initiatives aimed at curbing child marriage around the globe. In addition to providing economic support to the girls and their families, strategies that worked best focused on educating parents and community members about the dangers of child marriage and providing girls with quality education and support networks.

Keshanta, Rajyanti and Laali have benefited from the actions of the Pehchan Project, run by the Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials (CULP). The nongovernmental organization targets young girls—and even a few boys—who have dropped out of school or who have never attended, and brings them up to speed so they can attend mainstream schools. The group also has ongoing conversations with parents about the importance of keeping their children in school. More than 5,000 children in Rajasthan have benefited from the organization’s efforts over the last decade, according to Dr. O. P. Kulhari, the CULP secretary.

Because girls with no education are more than three times as likely to marry as children than girls who attend secondary school, CULP and other programs like it are instrumental in ending child marriage.

For Laali and her classmates, that means a future full of possibilities, all of their choosing.

“What do I want to do in the future in my life? I will study and be what God makes of me,” she said. “We study and we can be anything.”

Executive Producer: Stephanie Sinclair. Director: Jessica Dimmock. Photographer: Stephanie Sinclair. Cinematographer: Jessica Dimmock. Editing by Joshua Banville. Text by Edie Gross.

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61 The Rights Responsibility: Too Young To Marry

6 dec. 2013

The Child Marriage Challenge in Mozambique By Eli Reed More information at


62 Asmah’s Story: Too Young for Marriage | A Syrian Refugee in Turkey Films Her Life

11 okt. 2017

Watch life through the eyes of a 15 year old Syrian refugee in Turkey. Asmah was married at 12 and has two young daughters. This is her story. Share it to remind world leaders why every child should be in school.
We gave video cameras to four Syrian refugee children who have not been to school since the start of the war, to document their daily lives over six months.

63 Meet A 15-year-old Teen Mom In The Philippines | THE VOICELESS #13

23 jun. 2019

ASIAN BOSS met with Jojie Balanay, a 15-year-old teen mom in the Philippines Jojie is one of many teen moms in the Philippines, where about 500 Filipino teenagers become mothers every day. 
Special thanks to our reporter, Hazel, and cameraman, Raymond (Luna Films). 
Our vision is to build a lasting grassroots movement of young people from every country to report on real social and cultural issues. We believe having meaningful discussions with people with different opinions is extremely important. We also believe that any ordinary person can deliver real news and commentary. Through our original and in-depth interviews of real people, we will challenge you – the global youth – to think critically and challenge various cultural and social issues. 
If this resonates with you, try to get involved in any capacity and volunteer for ASIAN BOSS ► 
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64 Child Marriage: A Tradition Continues in Africa

28 dec. 2011

This film gives us unprecedented access to a story that is commonplace in some parts of Africa but usually kept hidden. It is that child marriage, although illegal, is still being practiced in places like Ethiopia, where it is part of their cultural tradition.
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65 They tried to marry a 10-year-old girl – Ghana | UNICEF

25 nov. 2015

Married at the age of 13 in Mauritania, Fatimetou is trying to pick back up the pieces of her life. Now 16, she reflects on the time saying “when I got married, I realised everything was a lie.” 
She fled to her parents’ home only to be sent back to her husband. 
With few options, Fatimetou decided to live on the streets, yet continued going to school “I couldn’t give up on that.” she says. With the new-found support of her mother and a local advocacy organisation, the optimistic teenager is actively working to get divorce.

66 UNICEF USA: RL Grime – Always | #ENDChildMarriageNow

10 dec. 2015

Shot in Chad, ALWAYS, part of UNICEF’s #EndChildMarriageNow campaign, poetically dramatizes the dangers of child marriage, a practice common throughout Africa. In Chad, the country’s high child marriage rate ranks third globally, with 68% of girls married as children.

Scored to a haunting song of the same name by RL Grimes (a member of the Los Angeles music collective known as WeDidIt), ALWAYS offers two scenarios for the main character, a girl clearly forced into a child marriage. The first scenario begins with her death during childbirth. But the narrative then literally reverses course—moving backwards in slow motion through scenes of implied abuse and exploitation—to reveal what might happen when the same girl is encouraged to go to school rather than to marry.

Some hard facts lie behind this fictionalized account, according to a new UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia in December 2015. The report warns that the total number of child brides on the continent could more than double from 125 to 310 million by 2050.

The consequences for girls are disastrous. Child brides are less likely to finish school and obtain skills that could lift them out of poverty. Their own children are more likely to be extremely underweight, arrive stillborn or die soon after birth.

Early marriage can also kill the girl herself. Child brides are far more prone to fall victim to violence and to diseases like HIV/AIDS. Early pregnancy and childbirth are leading causes of maternal mortality.

For more information on the negative impact of child marriage on girls, visit UNICEF USA here:…

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67 Child Marriage in Guatemala

22 apr. 2015

In Guatemala, it’s legal for a girl to marry as young as 14 — though many are married far younger than that. The result: Many girls marry men far older than themselves and become mothers long before they are physically and emotionally ready. Communicating the individual experiences of these child brides across cultural and language barriers became my passion, and, ultimately, my life’s work. This project in Guatemala was done in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund. The film below was co-directed by Katie Orlinsky. Presented by UNFPA and VII Photo Agency

68 Child Marriage in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region HD

22 jun. 2015

by Girl Hub Ethiopia 2014

69 Girl forced into poligamy marriage – would you help?

19 mrt. 2009

We’re studying biological influences in social behaviour right now. We behave in different ways based on the stimulus in an environment, but regardless of that stimulus it has to go through the brain. That information is input into the brain, processed and encoded where you take that observation or what’s been perceived by the senses and you attached some meaning to it… either background knowledge related to the stimulus or a prior experience. You can find a value in that stimulus or have a memory that is similar. Based on whatever you’ve got for experience at that point, then, your resuting behaviour will be different from others, though somewhat expected in some situations.

In watching this video last night on tv, though, I sat perched on the side of my couch watching and as wrapped up in the show as I was I was more shocked at how much of a physical reaction I had in watching it. I was sick to my stomach watching and realized I had huge, crocodile tears forming in my eyes.

Now I knew this was all a set up, that it’s a simulated situation, and the input is very limited in this case… there’s no sense of touch or a physical closeness to the situation that would cause me to feel threatened or anxious but I felt it just the same. And why? Because when I encoded that information I was able to related it to other personal experiences where I’ve felt as threatened or conflicted in a moment.
Now to share this with my students this morning, I anticipated that they may get the shivers from parts of the video, but I guessed that they wouldn’t have as emotional a response as I had. I was right… they aren’t old enough to have witnessed things in life or experienced them themselves to understand and connect what they saw with the reality and magnitude of the situation.

That brain… it’s a wonderous thing!

Note: I don’t mean to violate any copyright by posting this video. I just can’t find a place where you’d be able to embed it into my class blog.

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70 Stolen Childhood: Child Brides in Ethiopia

2 sep. 2014

Millions of girls around the world – some as young as five years old – find their fates sealed by early marriages. We travel to Ethiopia – the country with the highest rate of child marriage anywhere in the world – to live life with a child bride.

71 ‘Money wives’: the children sold to repay debts – BBC documentary

17 sep. 2018

Through a tradition called “money marriage”, some young girls are used as currency in a type of modern slavery among the Becheve people in southern Nigeria. Children are sold to men as old as 90 to settle debts or as a form of payment. BBC Africa hears from the girls themselves, an elderly husband and the man fighting against the custom.

72 Mariam from Togo escaped forced and early marriage

12 jun. 2015

Mariam, 17, wants to become a midwife but his dream may be shattered because of her father who wants to give her in marriage. But with the precious support of her mother, she is determined to fight for success in school. Listen to his moving testimony

73 It’s My Life – Girls Say No to Child Marriage in Africa

26 nov. 2015

In sub-Saharan Africa around 7 million girls live as child brides. The causes of child marriage are common across Africa. Parents marry off their daughters due to poverty or out of fear for their safety. Tradition and the stigma of straying from tradition perpetuate child marriage in many communities. Crucially, gender inequality and the low value placed on girls underlie the practice. 
Plan International works to prevent child marriages by implementing various programmes in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Through the creation of children’s groups, girls learn more about their rights and the negative aspects of marrying early. Working with communities, families, village chiefs and governments, Plan International highlights the value of educating girls instead of forcing them into an early marriage:

74 End Child Marriage Now – Child Brides in Ethiopia

10 okt. 2012

Join the International Center for Research on Women’s effort to change the course for adolescent girls worldwide. Tens of millions of girls are already married, and at current rates, 142 million more will be given away as child brides over the next decade. Help reverse this trend and give those girls already married an opportunity to reach their full potential. These adolescent girls are at a crucial turning point. Now is the time to make a real difference — to help give them a choice and a chance for a better life.

75 Together: Ending child marriage in Zambia

4 dec. 2014

Mirriam is a 17-year-old who, like any other teenager, has ambitions and dreams. She wants to become a doctor. However, where Mirriam lives, child marriage and poverty threaten her chances of getting the education she needs and the future she dreams of.

Together: Ending Child Marriage in Zambia is a short documentary that asks what can be done to enable girls like Mirriam to avoid child marriage and fulfil their potential?

It tells the story of partnership, of how civil society activists, girls, traditional leaders, and the government are coming together to make sure that no girl is married as a child.

If a movement can gain momentum in a country where rates of early marriage are among the highest in the world, then perhaps we can pave the way for change not only in Zambia but far beyond.

Together: Ending Child Marriage in Zambia shows how by working in partnership we can put an end to child marriage in one generation, and ensure that every girl, like Mirriam, can have a bright future.

This film features the work of Girls Not Brides members in Zambia including the Forum for African Women Educationalists Zambia (FAWEZA), Population Council and YWCA Zambia.

About child marriage

Child marriage isn’t just about a wedding day; it holds girls back for the rest of their lives. It means that girls usually drop out of school and soon start a family. It denies them the opportunities that would create a better life for them and their family. It prevents them from contributing to their communities

* Every year 15 million girls worldwide are married under the age of 18.
* In Zambia, it is estimated that almost two in every five Zambian girls are married as children.

FInd out more about what you can do to help end child marriage at

This film was produced by Fat Rat Films

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76 A Warrior’s Cry Against Child Marriage | Memory Banda | TED Talks

7 jul. 2015

Memory Banda’s life took a divergent path from her sister’s. When her sister reached puberty, she was sent to a traditional “initiation camp” that teaches girls “how to sexually please a man.” She got pregnant there — at age 11. Banda, however, refused to go. Instead, she organized others and asked her community’s leader to issue a bylaw that no girl should be forced to marry before turning 18. She pushed on to the national level … with incredible results for girls across Malawi. 
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. 
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77 Stolen Childhood; early marriages robbing young girls their future

29 jan. 2017

Deeply rooted cultural practices have continued to deny thousands of girls their education rights.

For hundreds of girls in Kenya early marriage steals their innocence, brings an abrupt end to childhood and a sudden plunge into the responsibilities of adult life. It often condemns them to lives of poverty, ignorance and poor health.

NTV’s Rose Wangui traversed 6 counties and reports on how the practice continues to violate the rights of the girl child, curtails her education, and sharply constrains her future.

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78 Pakistan Still Struggles to Enforce Laws Against Early Marriage

22 okt. 2017

Despite laws banning child marriage, rights groups in Pakistan say the problem continues, partly because of a desire to follow tradition, and partly because of poverty. No matter the reason, development experts say early marriage hurts the education and health prospects for girls. Sahar Majid brings us this report by Saman Khan from VOA’s Urdu service in Lahore. Originally published at –…

79 UNICEF works to convince communities in Pakistan to abandon child marriage

15 feb. 2011

UNICEF’s Malcolm Brabant reports on the organization’s efforts to convince families in Southern Pakistan to stop the tradition of child marriage.

80 A storybook wedding – except for one thing | UNICEF

8 mrt. 2016

Weddings are supposed to be joyous and festive occasions, but this one is anything but a fairytale.
About 15 million girls will be married as children this year – their right to a childhood ripped away. This video produced with Bridal Musings, one of the world’s most influential wedding blogs, aims to put a spotlight on this grim reality.
Update 2019: 12 million girls a year get married as children.

81 Africa: Will You Marry Me? (Full Documentary)

18 okt. 2014

In Africa, woman is not Adam’s rib, at most, she is his shoulders and spinal column. For the vast majority of African women, even today, in the cities and in the countryside, their greatest dream is to get a good husband and have many children. We will approach different cases as beauty contests, polygamy and arranged marriages.

82 A survivor’s plea to end child marriage | Payzee Mahmod | TEDxLondonWomen

6 jan. 2020

Payzee Mahmod was a normal teenager, idolising pop stars and pursuing her education. But her childhood was stolen from her when, at just 16 years old, her parents coerced her into marrying a much older man. Lacking the knowledge, power and language to protest the marriage, Payzee hoped another adult or professional in her life would intervene, help her and stop the marriage. Tragically the marriage went ahead and Payzee turned to self-harm and small acts of rebellion, to try and escape. But then everything changed. Her sister Banaz left her own abusive child marriage andmoved back in with their parents. In January 2006, after months of rumours and death threats, Banaz went missing. Three months later, her body was found in Birmingham – her father, her uncle and 3 other Kurdish men were tried and sentenced to life imprisonment. When Payzee turned 18, she got divorced and arranged Banaz’s funeral – all in the same month. Now she is speaking out on behalf of herself, her sister Banaz, and every child at risk of child marriage, to demand that the current law in England and Wales which shockingly allows marriage from 16 with parental consent is changed and that child marriage under the age of 18 becomes a crime. A survivor of child marriage, who lost her sister Banaz in a tragic “honour” killing, Payzee’s focus to prevent so called “honour” based abuse and child marriage could not be more personal. A Kurdish immigrant, raised in London, with a successful career in the fashion industry, she uses her voice to speak out as a survivor – not a victim – and has made it her mission to be a changemaker, helping to tackle these harmful practices. As an IKWRO ambassador and campaigner, her story and experiences have reached international audiences, including the Kurdish community. She has spoken widely on the need for changes to the laws surrounding child marriage and “honour” based abuse across radio, television and newspapers and met with government officials and the Home Office to explain first-hand why change is needed to finally make child marriage a crime. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Painful to listen to
Standing ovation at the end of the talk

83 Child brides: How old is too young to marry? – Inside Story

16 mrt. 2013

The United Nations is warning that millions more young girls are destined to become child brides, saying if current trends hold many will be under the age of 15. The marrying off of young girls is a culturally sensitive issue, and one that draws a range of reactions from different countries and different communities. Critics argue it is fraught with danger, damage and discrimination – a violation of human rights. And the UN is worried, predicting that 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020. That is more than 14 million girls a year it says will marry too young — some 39,000 each and every day. Furthermore, it is warning that of these, 50 million will be under the age of 15. Joining Inside Story, with presenter Jane Dutton, are guests: Kakenya Ntaiya, a former child bride, who is the founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence – a girl’s primary school in Kenya; Sadaf Raza, from the Ideas for Life Trust – promoting, among other things, women’s rights and education; and Naomi Williams, from the global children’s charity, Plan.

84 Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides

14 jun. 2011

Pulitzer Center

Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.

Over an eight-year period, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation, produced in association with National Geographic, synthesizes this body of work into a call to action.

Stephanie Sinclair’s images are featured in a story on child marriage in the June 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine.

How to help: National Geographic has compiled a list of organizations that encourage families to delay marriage and give girls an opportunity to reach their full potential.

In a related post Stephanie Sinclair shares the difficult experiences child brides face. She discusses the need for their voices to be heard and the challenges she faced as a journalist who witnessed their struggles and abuse.

Learn more:…

Teachers can download a free lesson plan to support classroom instruction on this presentation:…

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85 Too Young to Wed | Nat Geo Live

31 okt. 2011.

Photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney investigate the world of prearranged child marriage, where girls as young as five are forced to wed.

About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world’s premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what’s possible.

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86 Child Brides

6 jun. 2011

A little info on an enormous issue that is often overlooked in our lives.

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87 TALK AFRICA: Africa’s child marriages

2 apr. 2016

Despite near-universal commitments to end child marriage, one in three girls in developing countries will probably be married before they are 18: That’s according to the United Nations Population Fund. Most of these girls are poor, less-educated, and living in rural areas. 
Over 67 million women aged 20-24 years old in 2010 had been married as girls. Half were in Asia, one-fifth in Africa. 
So just how widespread is the problem in Africa? And beyond policy and legislation, what else needs to be done to stem the tide? 
Peninah Karibe delves into the topic of Child marriage in this episode of Talk Africa

88 “Early Marriage” – A Film about Early Marriage in Turkana, Kenya

25 aug. 2015

Kalasha Award nomination 2015. Produced by FilmAid, this film is shown to the Turkana community, located in Northwestern Kenya, to advocate against early marriage and promote the importance of educating girls. This film was produced with the full support and approval of the local Turkana community, with Turkana crew/cast, and dialogue in the local Nga’Turkana language. After the film is shown to Turkana community members, they have an open dialogue with FilmAid’s Turkana facilitators about how to better ensure the education of girls within the Turkana culture.
This film is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID) as part of the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) and Windle Trust Kenya’s (WTK) “Kenya Equity in Education Project” (KEEP). For more information about FilmAid’s other films and community media tools, please visit:

89 Child Brides Documentary

4 mei 2016

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90 Cute Hatching Ostrich Babies Prank


18 mei 2020

Mall shoppers are asked to sit on an ostrich egg to keep it warm while the farmer goes off to replace the heating lamp. As soon farmer has turned away, the bird egg hatches (and pokes the sitters in the butt with his little beak!) Lo and behold, the gift of life – a cute little ostrich chick / baby is born!