June 14th is National Marriage Day.
I realize that this day is supposed to be a celebration of marriage and love. I am married and very much in love with my husband. It would be easy to stick to the nice happy side of things.
Unfortunately, marriage can be a nightmare for many. In this instance, I want to take advantage of National Marriage Day to take a moment to speak about the darker side of marriage. Everyday around 33,000 girls are married as children and suffer horrendous violations of human rights. Please share to help raise awareness.
Poverty plays a role in these child marriages. Women and girls disproportionately experience the impact of poverty. Often men will offer the family money they are desperate for in exchange for one of their daughter to marry.
Many hear these stories and believe they only happen in other countries, but the truth is that it happens here in Canada and in the United States almost every day. I personally can’t believe that forced child marriages are still legal in many places included North America. When a girl is forced into marriage, her rights are violated.
We must not lose hope that we can help change the world and save innocent lives.
“We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.” – Jyn Erso, Rogue One
This is why I’m sharing some information to help stop child marriages: