This and next week the UN Commission on the Status of Women is meeting in NY. This year they will focus largely on acts of violence against women and girls, of which child marriage is one too.
You have two more days to sign this petition and help out. (the petition closes at midnight on March 6, 2013! )
‘Girls who marry young are likely to be subjected to physical and sexual violence from husbands many years their senior. Girls who marry young often become pregnant young, before their bodies are ready to withstand the rigors of pregnancy and delivery. That greatly increases their risk of death or injury during childbirth, as well as the risk to their own children. In fact, complications from pregnancy or childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls ages 15 to 19 in developing countries.’ quote from the ‘too young to wed blog’
Read more about child marriage on the blog Too young to wed by photographer Stephanie Sinclair, who for years has been documenting this issue in all corners of the world and has recently teamed up with UNFPA to further raise awareness.