As I’m sitting in the leisure centre, looking at my seven month old brother, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have my own child. To be married to someone much older than me, to have been forced into something, and to have lost my childhood.
In too many places it is seen as normal for a girl to be married off before she’s even thirteen years old. A lot of those girls die in child birth. do people not see this is wrong? Do the fathers of these girls not feel they are dooming their children?
I can barely imagine what it would be like, to go home to someone sitting on my sofa, to cook for them, to have children of my own, when I’m so insecure myself. It must be terrible for them.
Is it really fair for us, to sit safe and warm at home, watching stupid tv shows and worrying about what to wear tomorrow. While those girls are, getting married, having children, living alone, not having their childhood. I don’t think so.
Add your voice to the many speaking out this Thursday, the first international day of the girl, speaking out against child marriage. You can blog (and add your blog to the linky), tweet (#dayofgirl #childmarriage), or if you want to, support a girl and her community by sponsoring a child with WorldVision.