As a sophomore at Georgetown University, I know that my problems are trivial in comparison to the challenges other girls and young women across the world encounter everyday. I feel incredibly blessed to have access to higher education and know that I will be able to marry the person I choose.
Today, October 11th, marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to further global efforts to create a world of equal opportunity for young women and girls. Adolescent girls are a particularly vulnerable demographic and face significant social, economic, and political obstacles. Their ability to develop into leaders and thrive is often inhibited by factors such as forced child marriage, limited access to education, and gender-based violence.
Too Young To Wed strives to give child marriage survivors a voice in the fight to end the global practice of forced child marriage. Through the use of powerful portraits and short films of child brides, the organization connects girls’ stories to governments, policymakers, and the public. The organization’s workshops provide survivors and girls at risk of child marriage a chance to heal, tell their own stories, and return to their communities as leaders in the fight against child marriage.
Learn more about their work here.
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