Help us end Child Marriage Around the World

August 29, 2018 10:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In a recent CNN report as described by Jidenna (in his own words). Jidenna is a Grammy-nominated recording artist and producer.

pp: “It was reported that In Sub-Saharan Africa, 38% of girls are married before they’re 18. Right here in my backyard, child marriages persist in the US because about half of the states have no legal minimum age for girls to be married. It’s 2018, and 15 million girls become child brides every year. That’s one girl every 2 seconds”.

Based on a report by International Business times ( https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/top-five-countries-highest-rates-child-marriage-1444103 the countries with the most Child marriages are: Niger, Chad; Malawi, Bangladesh and India. According to United Nations Population Funds ( UNFPA) Niger has the highest percentage of child marriage in the world (75%). In Niger one in three girls is married before the age of 15, and 75% of women aged 20 to 24 are married before they reach 18.

If you don’t like what you see, reach out to a local or national program working on this issue or to international organizations such as the www.thepazfoudation.org, www.womensworld.com, a platform dedicated to girl’s empowerment and education, or https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/, a global partnership of 900 organizations devoted to ending child marriage. Your support can put an end to this in our lifetime.

Furthermore, we at the Paz Foundation will continue to emphasize to men around the world that these are not exclusively women’s issues; these are our issues and they will only be resolved once we stand in support of women who have given life to mankind and have supported us since the beginning of time.

To paraphrase Jidenna; “Our girls — regardless of ethnicity, religion or socio-economic class — deserve a chance to be educated, to gain independence and to pursue their dreams. Let’s make sure they all have that chance in every corner of the planet”.

 

Luis O. Aguilar

Director of the Paz Foundation

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