TOO YOUNG TO WED
Another atrocious practice that is epidemic in the world today is the practice of child marriage. It goes largely unchecked in many third world countries fueled by tradition and socioeconomic factors.
According to Graça Machel, the first education minister of Mozambique, and Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, “Child marriage happens because adults believe they have the right to impose marriage upon a child. This denies children, particularly girls, their dignity and the opportunity to make choices that are central to their lives, such as when and whom to marry or when to have children. Choices define us and allow us to realize our potential. Child marriage robs girls of this chance. “
Prolific documentary photographer, Stephanie Sinclair, has devoted over a decade to promoting awareness in hopes of inspiring change in this fight for the rights of small children worldwide. I invite you to peruse her website below and ask if there is something you can do to help these girls.
This entry was posted on August 17, 2014 by Victoria Wine. It was filed under Blog and was tagged with child marriage, human rights, photography, physical abuse, social issues, social justice, women and children.