According to the women's ministry and women's NGOs, approximately 57 percent of Afghan girls get married before the legal age of 16.
Once the girl's father has agreed to the engagement, she is pulled out of school immediately.
"Child marriage happens because adults believe they have the right to impose marriage upon a child.
At the time of their marriage, when Destaye was age 11, she was still in school and her husband expressed interest in letting her continue her education. Laali, 15, isn’t sure but like her classmates in a rural part of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, she is certain she doesn’t want to be a child bride. 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.
Since the birth of their son, however, she has had to fulfill her duties of being a wife and mother exclusively. But programs aimed at educating and empowering girls are beginning to bear fruit, giving these girls the confidence to say “no” to early marriage.
Ghulam plays in the village on the day of her engagement.
Removed from school just months earlier, she said she is sad to be getting engaged, as she wanted to be a teacher. But people laughing at you makes it more difficult.” After the birth of her son six months ago, however, Destaye no longer had time for classes. Addisu and his new bride Destaye are married in a traditional Ethiopian Orthodox wedding in the rural areas outside the city of Gondar, Ethiopia.
The practice, though sheathed in tradition, can result in profound negative consequences for the girls, their families and their entire communities.
Join us in our mission to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage. I hated to see him,” Tehani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25.This short film by Jessica Dimmock examines this young girl’s journey as a child bride in Ethiopia. A short film by Stephanie Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock.Everyone can do something and every little bit counts. Perhaps you’ve done a school project, circulated a petition, created a piece of art or pressed for change in your own community.Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.Over nearly a decade, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Fifteen-year-old Destaye and her husband divide their time between working in the fields and taking care of their 6-month-old baby.Unfortunately, millions of girls still suffer from a vastly different marriage experience every year.