Stereotyping of child marriage comes with the preset notion. This menace is limited to a few third world countries. After a bit of research on the subject, you would be astonished to discover that this form of child abuse is a global phenomenon and not restricted to countries like Europe and Bangladesh. However, the practice of child marriage has declined in the recent decade. It remains common in rural areas and amongst the most poverty-stricken.
In families with limited resources, child marriage is often considered a way to provide for a daughter’s future, However, what is not understood is that their education and well being is an investment in the future of our social fabric. (1)
Methods to prevent child marriage
The international government humanitarian aid group UNICEF is working hard to provide education and support to girls and boys around the world so that they are able to take a stand against being forced into child marriage.
- Spread awareness, especially in the developed world where a child’s security and happiness are considered paramount in the quest for healthy adult life.
- Draw attention to the rampant abuse of little girls and boys who in certain cases are younger than 8 years of age.
- Refer to global statistics which very clearly highlights the fact that it is the poor countries who seem to be the obvious victims of this social malaise and that is primarily due to a lack of education. (2)
- Shortage of developed world funding which can help emancipate these children.
- Weak economic sanctions against countries.
- Bridge the mental gap between the aware and the unaffected.
- Encourage the new generation readers to facilitate social debate on this taboo subject thus opening minds and hearts to the evils that this brings to the very fabric of social change
- Awaken media attention to this form of social subjugation
- Call upon international corporates to sponsor or adopt backward villages where this evil prosper under a veiled fabric.
- ‘Power to the people’ where citizens from the affected countries make the mandate/ballot count and hold politicians responsible. (3)
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