SAY “NO” TO EARLY CHILD MARRIAGES:

Introduction:

Child Marriage:

Early marriage, or child marriage, is defined as the marriage or union between two people in which one or both parties are younger than 18 years of age. Parents often feel that a young girl is an economic burden and therefore wish to marry off their young daughters before they become an economic liability.

Child Marriage is a Slavery:

Child marriage can be referred to as slavery, if one or more of the following elements are present:

  • I the child has not genuinely given their free and informed consent to enter the marriage.
  • If the child is subjected to control and a sense of “ownership” in the marriage itself, particularly through abuse and threats and is exploited by being forced to undertake domestic chores within the marital home or labour outside it, and/or engage in non-consensual sexual relations.
  • If the child cannot realistically leave or end the marriage, leading potentially to a lifetime of slavery.

There has been growing awareness about the negative consequences of child marriage, especially for girls, including the impact of marriage on children’s education and risks to their physical and psychological health.

It should be noted that many marriages involving children will not amount to slavery, particularly between couples aged 16 to 18 years. However, child marriage can also obscure what are actually cases of slavery or slavery-like practices.

How Early Marriage is bad?

Child marriage ends childhood. It negatively influences children’s rights to education, health and protection. These consequences impact not just the girl directly, but also her family and community. A girl who is married as a child is more likely to be out of school and not earn money and contribute to the community.

Disadvantages of child Marriages:

Child marriage is driven by poverty and has many effects on girls’ health: increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer, malaria, death during childbirth, and obstetric fistulas. Girls’ offspring are at increased risk for premature birth and death as neonates, infants, or children.

Early marriage is a harmful practice that denies girls their right to make vital decisions about their sexual health and well-being. It forces them out of education and into a life of poor prospects, with an increased risk of violence, abuse, ill health or early death.

Affects of Early Child Marriages on Girls Health:

Early marriage is harmful, Girls married early are more likely to experience violence, abuse and forced sexual relations due to unequal power relations, here we will discuss some points that shows the affects of early marriage;

1. Mental Health:

Child marriage encourages sexual activity among girls who are not yet physically or psychologically ready to deal with childbirth. In addition, girls who marry young often live in rural or remote

communities with limited access to sexual and reproductive health education, including access to contraceptives.

2. Early Pregnancies:

Early pregnancy is one of the most dangerous causes and consequences of this harmful practice. 90% of births to adolescents take place within the context of marriage.

Complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth are among the leading causes of death in girls aged 15-19. Girls who marry before age 15 are 50% more likely to suffer from intimate partner violence than those who marry later. Child brides are also more vulnerable to other pregnancy-related injuries such as obstetric fistula, which can have devastating long-term consequences, especially if left untreated. In fact, 65% of all obstetric fistula cases occur in girls under 18.

3. Infant Mortality:

Pregnancy at a young age not only has potentially devastating effects for mothers but also for their newborns. According to Girls Not Brides, stillbirths and newborn deaths are 50% higher in mothers younger than 20 years old. In low and middle income countries, babies born to mothers under 20 years of age also face higher risks of low birthweight, preterm delivery, and severe neonatal conditions.

4. Domestic Violence:

When it comes to child marriage, parents often believe they are doing what is best for their daughters by marrying them off early, believing that their new husbands will provide safety and economic security. However, girls who marry before the age of 15 are almost 50% more likely to have experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner than girls who married after 18. In addition, child brides are more likely to describe their first sexual experience as forced.

5. HIV or AIDS:

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS stands for Acquired immune Deficiency Syndrome. Firstly, child brides often live in remote regions where access to healthcare and information about sexual health services and rights may be limited. As a result, child brides may not have knowledge of HIV risk factors, prevention, treatment or even their basic human right to say “no” to sex with their husbands.

Furthermore, girls are sometimes married off to older men who will have already had and may continue to have numerous sexual partners, which can also increase risk, especially in regions where the virus in more prevalent.

6. GBV:

In early child marriage gender based violence is experienced which in results causes death in several cases. Child marriage is internationally recognised in law as a form of gender-based violence. Both are human rights violations. Child marriage puts girls and women at increased risk of sexual, physical, and psychological violence and related outcomes throughout their lives.

GBV includes rapes and sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation, harmful practices such as female genital mutilation,  forced marriages etc.

Early Marriages Impact on Society:

The largest impacts in terms of economic costs are through fertility and population growth. Child marriage leads girls to have children earlier and more children over their lifetime. This in turns reduces the ability of households to meet their basic needs, and thereby contributes to poverty.

Consequences of Child Marriage:

Child marriage effectively ends a girl’s childhood, curtails her education, minimizes her economic opportunities, increases her risk of domestic violence, and puts her at risk for early, frequent, and very high-risk pregnancies.

Early Marriages Impact on Education:

In both regions, there are significant gaps in schooling outcomes also by the timing of early marriage. For example, the difference on years of education for women who married before age 15 is 38–39% that of women who married at 18 or older and similarly literacy rates are 33% and 47% lower.

Ways to End Early Marriages:

  • Educating girls, as you know education plays a c

Great role in keeping girls safe from child marriage.

  • Empowering girls, Rallying the wider community to stand up for girls’ rights.
  • Providing girls and their families with income opportunities, so that family won’t feel that having a daughter is a burden or they are not enough financially stable.
  • Petitioning government and encouraging supportive laws.

36 thoughts on “SAY “NO” TO EARLY CHILD MARRIAGES:

  1. Pingback: mejaqq
  2. At this time it looks like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging
    platform available right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  3. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Spending some time and actual effort to
    make a really good article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and don’t manage to get
    nearly anything done.

  4. I think this is among the most significant info for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things,
    The website style is ideal, the articles is really nice : D.

    Good job, cheers

  5. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it,
    you will be a great author.I will always bookmark your
    blog and will come back at some point. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great job, have a nice weekend!

  6. Hi there excellent website! Does running a blog like this take
    a large amount of work? I’ve very little expertise in computer programming but I had been hoping to start my own blog
    soon. Anyhow, should you have any suggestions or techniques
    for new blog owners please share. I know this is off subject nevertheless I just wanted to ask.
    Cheers!

  7. Having read this I believed it was very enlightening.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this content
    together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time
    both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  8. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d
    ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa?

    My site goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours
    and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you’re interested feel free to send me an email. I look
    forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!

  9. I am actually glad to read this weblog posts which contains lots of valuable information, thanks for
    providing these statistics.

  10. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.

    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Appreciate it!

  11. You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually one thing that I think I
    might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely
    huge for me. I am having a look ahead on your subsequent submit, I’ll attempt to get the cling of it!

  12. Appreciating the dedication you put into your site
    and detailed information you present. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed
    information. Excellent read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your
    RSS feeds to my Google account.

  13. This is one of the best posts I’ve read on this forum. The information in the article helped me understand more about a new topic that I had never known. Suika game

  14. Pingback: DevOps Consultancy
  15. Pingback: blote tieten
  16. Hello everyone. Yes, I approve of with the mind of the inventor, if the connivance is sunny then the entry instead of its implementation should also be not bad. God-fearing conferral of information. Thanks to the author! zoonomaly

  17. Link exchange is nothing else except it is just placing the other
    person’s blog link on your page at proper place and other
    person will also do similar in support of you.

  18. CBD exceeded my expectations in every way thanks. I’ve struggled with insomnia in the interest years, and after infuriating CBD like hemp store near me because of the first age, I lastly knowing a full nightfall of pacific sleep. It was like a weight had been lifted misled my shoulders. The calming effects were gentle still sage, allowing me to roam off naturally without sympathies woozy the next morning. I also noticed a reduction in my daytime anxiety, which was an unexpected but allowed bonus. The tactfulness was a fraction shameless, but nothing intolerable. Blanket, CBD has been a game-changer quest of my slumber and uneasiness issues, and I’m thankful to arrange discovered its benefits.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *