24 May 2014

Too Young To Wed


Social Media is the new way that we share information about all the things and projects we like + love. We are spending more and more time online, and you know what we love it. Facebook has over 750 million users while Twitter has over 106 million active accounts. With these staggering numbers it's easy to see why social media is such an awesome tool for sharing information and for creating awareness about things that matter. Like the Too Young To Wed initiative.
In India, many a married woman adorns her forehead with a red bindi, or dot to celebrate this new chapter in their lives. Unfortunately some of these brides are not women... You see 39,000 young girls are forced into marriage each day. That’s roughly one child bride every 2 seconds,  and at this rate, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) projects another 142 million more girls may be victimized by the practice by 2020. 
If we do nothing 142 million girls will become childbrides over the next 10 years. Young girls like Tehani, who was 6 when her 25-year-old husband pressed his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams and then raped her. Or Ghulam, whose dreams of becoming a teacher were dashed at the age of 11 when she was pulled from school to marry a 40-year-old man. Or Asia, who at 14 cared for her 2-year-old and a newborn, all while still ill and bleeding from childbirth. 
For those girls, child marriage is much more than a statistical problem. It’s a miserable, life-threatening, heartbreaking reality. But with the power of social media there is no limit to the amount of awareness that can be raised for these heartsore stories. Just look at the current #BringBackOurGirls campaign about the abducted schoolgirls from Nigeria, have you seen the huge role that social media played in these tragic events? Do you believe that social media can create change? For more information visit Too Young To Wed  to be part of the change. 
Post this tweet on Twitter.
I agree, let girls be girls, not brides! #EndChildMarriage - www.tooyoungtowed.org/
Be part of the change. 
Take a look at the campaigns below + show your support. Your voice can make a difference. Let's help to spread awareness.
Bring Back Our Girls - The Facebook page to create awareness amongst your community about the young school girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria.
Action Say No - Unite - Say No – Unite to end violence against women is a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls.
Campaign: End Fistula - Here are some ways to build awareness and support to end fistula.

Fundraiser: Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) in Malawi - Mobilizing girls in Malawi to speak out against child marriage.

Petition: Justice for Sahar Gul - Sahar Gul is a 15 year old girl who was beaten, burned, cut, starved, enslaved, and tortured by her inlaws for months in the basement. The perpetrators of these heinous acts needs to be brought to justice for the sake of all child brides.

Petition: Justice for Saira - The daughter of a child bride speaks out on behalf of her mother, a child bride from Bangladesh.

Petition: Minimum Age Marriage Law in Yemen - Minister Mashhour continues to call for the reintroduction of the 2009 parliamentary bill that would effectively ban child marriages in the country.

Image - www.tooyoungtowed.org/


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