Friday, June 17, 2011

The Elders : Seeking An End To Child Marriage

Mary Robinson asked a young woman what she remembers about her wedding day. She replied, “It was the day I left school”.
This month Gro Brundtland, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu, visited Ethiopia to bring together Child Marriage experts, activists and of course the communities which are affected by the Child Marriage.
In Ethiopia it is common for a 12 year girl to get married! It just does not compute in my head. How could a child of 12 know anything about life, let along a married life. The domino effects of child marriage will run long and far. First of all it affects the girl, her health, development, and her education.
Sometimes it is easier to get lost in our facebook chats, tweets, while a innocent 12 year girl is married off some where in the world.

Graça Machel : Why we are building an alliance to end child marriage
Gro Brundtland : Meeting child brides in Ethiopia
Via The Elders

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