A Conversation About Child Brides

Photo Credit: Stephanie Sinclair (5 year old child bride)

The National Geographic Daily News has published “A Conversation About Child Brides“, written by Caroline Gerdes.  The article is intended to make sure that the voices of those impacted most by this practice are heard. Caroline writes this about the photo shown above  “One instance in the article discusses when Gorney and Sinclair witnessed the wedding ceremony of a 5-year-old girl, Rajani, to a 10-year-old boy in Rajasthan. Sinclair captured an image of Rajani at her wedding — a joint affair with her 13 and 15-year-old aunts — peering over her uncle’s shoulder as he carried her to the ceremony. She is fighting sleep while one of her big brown eyes peers from under a yellow scarf — a far cry from a western wedding march.” This week National Geographic held an event in Washington D.C. to bring awareness to the issue of marriage with children, often as young as 5 years old.

Although most child marriages happen illegally, @NatGeoLive (National Geographic Events) tweeted during the event that “child marriage is not exclusive to India; the legal age in New Hampshire is 13 with parental consent.”  This is a shocking fact that many of us in the US are probably not aware of, but brings the issue of child brides closer to home – especially considering that most child brides have ‘parental consent.’

You may also want to view the National Geographic photo gallery of child brides, including heart wrenching captions for each photo, often in the child’s own words.

Other articles that may be of interest to you:

Girls Just Want To Be Girls

Child Brides, Silent Health Crisis

In This Brave New World, 160 Million Girls Are ‘Missing’

Child “drought brides” sold secretly in Kenya

Child marriage condemns millions of girls to poverty

The Lives of Child Brides, as Captured Through a Photographer’s Lens

We have posted quite a few articles on child brides. If you are interested in reading more, search “Child Brides” in the search box on the right hand side of the blog and you will find a list of informative articles on this issue.

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