Meet the child brides…
What if you were tortured because you were too slow at cooking and cleaning… and because you were too exhausted from childbirth and caring for a newborn to have sex with your husband?
Like Zahra was when she was forced to marry at age 11.
What if you were just 10 or 11 and your family made you marry a man 25 years older than you because that was “tradition”?
Like Beena, who had no say in the matter.
What if you find you’re a mother when you’re still a child yourself? Because your family married you off at 12 so there would be one less mouth to feed?
Like Amira, who did not know how to care for her new baby.
What does your gift mean?
Your gift today means child marriage survivors can benefit from self-help groups designed to give them a livelihood and teach them the dangers of child marriage.
“My parents were not able to afford us all. We were many brothers and sisters. So my father married me off… I used to long to go back to my father’s home. Whenever I was alone I would cry…
“Now I have learnt about bad effects of child marriage, safe maternity, newborn babies and the importance of education for children… Now I won’t let any girl marry at an early age.” – Amira.
Amira now makes a living from raising hens, ducks, goats and a cow. She sells eggs and milk so her four daughters can stay in school.
Her daughters will not become child brides… thanks to you.
What happens when a girl becomes a child bride?
Her schooling stops – so she has fewer choices to earn her own livelihood
Emotional trauma – from not understanding or being emotionally ready for marriage
Physical and sexual abuse – in some cases, she is raped or beaten with no way of escaping
Higher risk of pregnancy and childbirth complications – because her body is not ready to bear children
Higher mortality rates – for a child mother and her babies
Isolation – she may lose contact with former family and friends