"A lot of Girl Scout troops doing silver and bronze…
Every 2 seconds a young girl is forced into marriage.
In many societies, marriage is a celebrated institution between adults. Unfortunately, millions of girls each year worldwide become brides as CHILDREN, not even teenagers. So young are some girls that they hold onto their toys during the wedding ceremony. Usually these girls become mothers in their early teens, while they are still children themselves. This can result in profound negative consequences for the girls, their families and their entire communities. Protect girls’ rights. End child marriage. — Stephanie Sinclair, Visual Journalist
American photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney investigated the world of prearranged child marriage, where girls as young as five are forced to wed in a National Geographic article and slideshow. They then took their research and photography on the road to meet with audiences and bring attention to the issue of child marriage, which is an appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of education, health and long-term prospects, and life fulfillment.
Look into the secret world of child brides:
See the slideshow here >
The above film is called: Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides.
With her partner Jessica Dimmock, Stephanie also created the Too Young to Wed organization. You can explore this website to see images, videos, hear from young girls forced to marry. Learn more and discover how to TAKE ACTION to end child marriage.
You can TAKE ACTION to end child marriage once and for all!
BONUS: See a National Geographic Live! event with photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney.
4GGL thanks National Geographic
for bringing this story to our attention.
Too Young to Wed aims to amplify women and girls’ courageous voices and build a global community dedicated to ending child, early and forced marriage.