Oct 10, 2011 12:23 BST Take the vow. So girls can say “no” to marriage Noha is 14. She’s about to marry a man twice her age. And she’s just one of 10 million girls who’ll be married either too young, or against their will this year – some as young as five years old. This can end their chance of going to school and shorten their lives by leaving them more vulnerable to violence, HIV and death in childbirth.
TAKE THE VOW SO GIRLS CAN SAY NO TO EARLY/FORCED MARRIAGEAug 12, 2011 11:27 BST
This is Noha. She is just 14 years old and she’s about to be married to a man more than twice her age. Every year, 10 million girls like Noha are married young and too often against their will. Some are as young as five. This can end their chance of going to school and shorten their lives by leaving them more vulnerable to violence, HIV and death in childbirth.
Plan UK is campaigning to end child marriage and the practice of girls being forced to marry young. The charity works with young people, communities and religious leaders on this issue across the developing world.
“Why is the international community so silent when so many girls are involved?” asks Plan’s chief executive in the UK, Marie Staunton.
“This is an abuse of human rights that ignores their best interests, their views and undermines efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals."
“Child marriage is a practice imbedded in many cultures and traditions, is exacerbated by poverty and too often increases after disasters and emergencies.”
They are calling on Lynne Featherstone MP, the UK’s International Violence against Women Champion, to press for more global attention and action on this issue. The action has already been signed by nearly 3,000 people and is being supported by UK MPs, Mumsnet's Justine Roberts, Eliza Doolittle, Jameela Jamil and Dr Miriam Stoppard to name a few. Find out who else has taken the vow and sign up here: here http://www.plan-uk.org/vow
View this motion infographic highlighting the key findings from Plan UK's ”Breaking Vows: Early and Forced Marriage and Girls’ Education” report here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K87Wz_UDLZM
Related links: http://www.plan-uk.org/