By Amani Kanjo, Project Coordinator, CARE partner – Syria Relief and Development “When I met her, it was immediately clear that she wasn’t prepared for the responsibility of being a mother – she herself was still a child!” The girl was only 14, already a mother, but it was not the first time Hanan* had dealt with […]
When Fatimah*, 16, reached a refugee camp in Jordan after fleeing Syria, she thought that her life had come to an end. But what she found was the passion and challenge of her life: advocating for education and against child marriage amongst Syrian Refugees.
A girl is forced into marriage somewhere in the world every two seconds. But improved education and reduced poverty could help set her free. CARE’s Gender in Emergencies Specialist, Isadora Quay explains.
As we celebrate the International Day of the Girl this 11 October, it’s also a good time to shine a light on the unique and unjust challenges faced by girls in some parts of the world – including being forced into child marriage.
We often associate child marriage with girls and older men. But in Nepal, more than 10 per cent of boys are married before the age of 18. Thanks to CARE, child grooms are speaking out.
Child marriage affects 14 million girls each year and remains the biggest challenge to girls’ development.