Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.

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Girls Not Brides.

By on November 4, 2016

A girl with a dream is fire

Rebeca Gyumi.

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I have always thought that the term childhood marriage is a cruel oxymoron to hide a sick form of pedophilia. According to Girls Not Brides, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18:  28 girls every minute.  One girl under the age of 18 gets married every two seconds.  The health and socio-economic consequences for the girls and society are beyond words, especially when you consider that under-age marriage for girls is actually legal in certain countries. It was very heart-warming this week to learn about two women who are fighting to put an end to childhood marriage.

theresa-kachindamoto-750x500In Malawi, over the past three years, Theresa Kachindamoto, a tribal chief, has broken up 850 childhood marriages and banned abusive practices which involve sending young girls to sexual initiation camps.

 

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In Tanzania, Rebeca Gyumi, a lawyer who works as a TV/radio presenter at Femina – an organization focused on behavior change and strategic communication – has lobbied the government to change the legislation on childhood marriage and also saved a number of young girls from early marriage.

 

Working towards ending early marriage for girls can only lead to greater things for countries which strive to do so.

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