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American Teens Fight Child Marriage

Written By: Audacia Ray
August 25, 2011

 

Global Health News has a new short video about American teenage girls who, after learning about the plight of their counterparts in the global south who experience early and forced marriage, were energized to raise awareness about the issue.

Here’s a bit more about the project:

“It’s a human rights issue,” says Erica Lamberson, who’s one of the teen leaders. “I think it’s a problem when anyone is forced to do anything that they don’t want to do or are not clear about or are not prepared for. Child marriage is huge because once you get married at such a young age, you know, your life’s not over but your life has drastically changed its path.”

Child bride expert Jennifer Redner says the practice of marrying girls off early has profound negative impacts. “When a young girl may come home from school one day and find her bags packed or may find out the next day there may be some sort of ceremony where she’ll be wed – sometimes as young as eight, nine, ten – the consequences can be absolutely detrimental.”

Redner, who serves as U.S. Policy Consultant to the International Women’s Health Coalition, says that child brides are also more likely to marry much older men. “Therefore the power dynamics will be even more difficult in terms of her being able to negotiate safe sex, be able to stay in school, to be able to not get pregnant as early as 10, 11 years old, so the consequences are quite, quite strong.”

Learn more about efforts to end child marriage here.

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