Every year forced marriage sentences millions of women and children to a life in slavery. It’s a crime that’s widespread but rarely spoken about—one that flourishes in the shadows of society. According to the U.N., forced marriage is likely to increase unless major changes occur.
Because of stigma and lack of awareness, many people do not report cases of forced marriage. Help ensure that people at risk and their families know that forced marriage is illegal and that activists around the world are taking a stand to end the practice.
We can speak up for the victims of forced marriage who can’t speak for themselves, and urge world leaders to look in their own backyards, making sure provisions are in place to protect those at risk.
Photo Credit: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Photo Caption: Krishna, 14, sits with her four-month-old baby Alok, outside her house in a village near Baran, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, January 21, 2013. Krishna married her husband Gopal when she was 11 and he was 13. Krishna had a very difficult delivery, losing lots of blood and remained in the hospital for several days. The legal age for marriage in India is 18, but marriages like these are common, especially in poor, rural areas where girls in particular, are married off young.
I pledge to help end forced marriage throughout the world: