ActionAid’s Work to End Child Marriage

  • Date: 23/05/2019
  • Author: Louise Cribbin

ActionAid Ireland is hosting a supporter evening on Tuesday the 11th of June from 6pm. The event will be held in the DLR LexIcon, Central Library and Cultural Centre, a stunning location overlooking Dun Laoghaire pier.

There will be a short presentation followed by some light refreshments. And you can mingle with fellow supporters and chat to ActionAid staff members. Three special guests from Nepal, Kenya, and Ethiopia will share insights into their work to help prevent child marriages. There will also be a brief interactive performance, with different outcomes depending on the audience’s reactions.

The venue is accessible for those with reduced mobility and has over 100 car parking spaces.

All welcome.

About Child Marriage

More than 250 million women alive today were married before their 15th birthday, many against their will. Child marriage robs them of their childhoods, education, health and freedom. And so, it subjects girls to rape and abuse for the rest of their lives.

Girls living in the poorest, rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the most vulnerable. As populations continue to grow, hundreds of millions of girls remain at risk.

Local ActionAid workers are working to end child marriage in their communities – bringing perpetrators to justice, educating communities on the negative effects of child marriage, and empowering girls to have a voice and say no.

ActionAid also campaigns at a regional, national and international level to end forced marriage.

Effects of Child Marriage

  • Girls are extremely vulnerable to violence. For many girls, child marriage subjects them to rape and abuse for the rest of their lives. Isolated from friends and family they have limited means to get support or share what they are going through.
  • Their health and lives are at risk. Early childbearing puts girls’ lives at risk, and increases the chance of stillbirth, infant mortality, and disabling complications for the mother such as obstetric fistula. Globally, 16 million girls aged between 15 and 19, and 1 million girls under the age of 15, give birth each year. 10 70,000 girls die during pregnancy and childbirth. This makes complications during pregnancy and childbirth the second highest cause of death for girls aged 15-19 worldwide.11
  • Girls’ education is cut short. As a result, millions of girls continue to be held back and remain living in poverty.

Photo caption, Caroline (left) and Nisha (right) at an event in Dublin last year will be discussing how they are working to end child marriage.

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