Forced Child Marriage

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Aged 8, Rawan was sold by her parents, and forced into a marriage with a man five times her age. The injuries her young body sustained from her “wedding night” resulted in her death, and her story has sent shockwaves throughout the world.1

The most shocking thing about Rawan’s story? The fact that to many, her story is not shocking at all. Forced Child Marriage is a form of modern slavery, and in Yemen, there is no law which makes it illegal.

The Yemeni Government has the power to bring an end to Forced Marriage forever; the first step is to ban the marriage of anyone under the age of 18, protecting children from a life of domestic and sexual slavery.

We know that ending Forced Marriage everywhere poses big obstacles and yet, in the aftermath of Rawan’s death, and with the eyes of the world on Yemen, this may be one of few fleeting moments when we can create change. We’re not going to let down the millions of girls vulnerable to this form of modern slavery.

Forced Child Marriage is modern slavery and can be stopped.
Call on the government of Yemen to ban Forced Child Marriage.

Thank you for joining me in taking action.

Ela

1 http://www.unfpa.org/webdav/site/global/shared/documents/publications/2012/MarryingTooYoung.pdf

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48 thoughts on “Forced Child Marriage

  1. Please help stop this modern slavery!

  2. This is child abuse. Where do we sign the petition.

  3. l have written more than one post about the subject. Great post.jalal

  4. Yes, more of us need to rise up and put an end to this. Thanks for raising awareness.

  5. Reblogged this on theseeker and commented:
    Please help STOP child marriage and sign the petition.

  6. horrible, horrible, and totally sad… What is wrong with our world to allow this to happen?

  7. Signed. And heavy hearted.

  8. we need to be reminded of such practices, from all over the world

  9. So very, very, very, very sick. It never ends and horrors are everywhere. Maybe this time something can be done. If they pass the law there will have to be people on the ground to make sure it doesn’t continue underground…all the other crimes against children that never end..in spite of the law. If power could be torn out of the hands of men, perhaps life would be different. That’s something we we should think about because it doesn’t take a village to raise a child it takes good people to protect a child from the village.

  10. thanks for this link, we should all pass it on

  11. It is vital that all people, everywhere, are made aware of this evil. It should never have been allowed. Such creatures who perpetuate its practice are unworthy to be called human.

  12. how heartbreaking!

  13. Reblogged this on purplerays and commented:
    This is the message in our recent post: (Marriage and Womanhood Part 2….Let them be WOMEN before wives!)
    In the post, we said; “Sadly, sadly, in some cultures, the manipulation and abuse of womanhood in the name of marriage and motherhood are nothing short of slavery! We speak out of first hand, heart-rending experience!”

  14. Hi, just thought I would drop over to say, thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂
    This story is devastating! I knew in some countries children were forced to marry, but had no idea as young as 8. How horrific. She was just a baby. My heart goes out to all that has to suffer in this way.
    Hugs Paula xxxxxx

  15. people pretend they never see it, but are suddenly wise, as if by default, your words open hearts

  16. No-one should be “forced” to do anything. Totally outrageous!

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