Child marriage

by tristan B on November 2, 2013 - 8:27pm

In this article found on The Guardian, written by Liz Ford, the situation about young women in Africa is exposed. Actually, it is said that the situation concerning teen marriage and pregnancy is urging, because if nothing is done to help, the high rate of pregnant teen will increase of 1 million from here to 2030. In fact, this situation is highly linked to the unequality of men and women because the 15 years old girls have almost no rights on their mariiage and even their pregnancy. Fortunately, the situation is currently held by the UN and they know what is important to do. The major aspect that is required to change, unfortunately maybe the hardest to change, is the equality of men and women. But the solution is all in education. Women as well as boys and men require education to understand and learn safe sexuality, health care services, laws against child marriage and learn about women's right. The need to see this situation change is due to the fact that currently, young women faces a high risk of death and their child too.  

After reading this article, it is pretty shocking to see young girls being obligated to marry a man and even have child with him. I think that it is very important for the UN to bring education to these person because it is a big step to decrease the high rate of women having a child under the age of 15. I hope that equality between man and women will start to ajust because it is also the key for the women the be able to have rights and opinion facing their own marriage. Finally, I think that it is encouraging to see what the UN is starting to do over this situation.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/oct/30/child-marriage-africa-teenage-pregnancy-un

Comments

I like this post because it shines light on an issue that is really pushed aside and meant to be unseen. I agree very strongly with this post. Children should not be pushed into marriage at such a young age. It’s sad that these young woman have to be forced to get married so young and especially not ready for this step in life. It’s sad to see these girls lives decided for them when they could have bright futures. The expectation of this culture for these young women is extremely wrong. I believe that more action should be taken against this issue. These girls are just machines for the men in their villages. They have no rights or say during this. I find it selfish of these men to force this girls into marriage and having children. Is the government doing anything to protect these girls and their rights? These girls are risking their lives to have these babies. There should be more health aids to help the girls through the pregnancy and the deliver, so the baby is health and the mother. These women are exposed to things they shouldn’t be exposed to at that age. Men and women should be equal in Africa I also agree on the whole education aspect of issue. I feel like these girls need to go to school to get educated on teen pregnancy and the risks involved. School could bring these girls a future and possibly get them out of only world they know. The UN should keep doing what they are doing and continue to make these young girls voices heard. I also hope that men and women become equal in the future in Africa.

This was a good topic to write about because is not even noticed a lot throughout the world. This topic amazes me because I didn’t even know that this was even really going on in this world. Where I am from this is never thought about or seen before. This is a serious problem because children should not have to be told when and who to marry. It should be their choice whether they want it or not. If the women get pregnant at their age and have kids they wouldn’t be able to raise them. They will not know how to raise them and they won’t be able to raise them because where will they get all of the money to supply the kid with all of the essential needs of the kid. I’m glad you brought this topic up because it needs to be fixed right away.

I agree that I think it is very important for the UN to intervene on this issue. It’s important for both the African girls and boys to be educated on safe sex and self-decision making. Fifteen is too young of an age for these girls to be having children and getting married, when they themselves are also children. I feel strongly about this because I aspire to be a nurse, and as a nurse I want to travel the world and educate women on how to take care of themselves and make healthy decisions.

I think this is a very informative blog. i did not know that teen marriage and pregnancy was such a prominent issue. i think the UN should definitely intervene. its not right for a young women to be obligated and forced to marry anyone whom wasn't her choosing. i think arrange marriages take away the rights of a person. Also theses girls are being forced to bear children at such a young age before they even reach adulthood.

Education is key. It is overwhelming to think about fifteen year old girls getting married and pregnant. The sad part is that they will never get to experience independence and life on their own. I’m interested in knowing what made the UN interfere and what measures will they take to cease this problem of these men utilizing these women into marriage and pregnancy. This was an extremely interesting article, it is sad to think about the struggles that women went through in the past to have a voice and rights, but there is still an ongoing problem with equality between men and women in certain parts of the world. I would love to read more about this topic and I hope to read more of your posts.

I found this article to be very interesting since the way of life explained here is much different than the way of life in America. It is alarming to know that girls at the age of 15 are being forced to give everything up to be married. Here in the United States, the age of when people get married is actually increasing. I could never imagine being a wife, mother, and not in school at this moment in my life. This article has me wondering what the UN will do to help these young women and if change and equality will actually happen. This was an alarming article, and it was very well written and I enjoyed reading it!

It is incredible that women are so powerless in todays society. The 19th amendment was established so many years ago and yet we are still so controlled. The fact that children are getting eloped and married so young is a frightening thought. I was not even thinking about starting a family at the age of 15, i was more or less hoping to just fit into high school! Further education should be established, because MTV's "16 and pregnant" is not a valid learning implement in todays society.

I really like the fact that this article brings up a very important issue that is often overlooked. Child marriage is not something that is not accepted in society any longer, it was widely practiced before in the 19th and 20th century but now in the world we live in, it is not practiced. Back then it was okay for young women to be married and have kids but in society today it is not ideal. before women today have kids they are normally established, they normally have jobs, high school or college education and are much older. most women have kids in their mid twenties into their late thirties. I don't think this should be accepted because 15 years old are not mature enough to be in a marriage and raise kids. The UN should definitely take part in this issue, it is something that is very serious. Kids should not be having kids. I could not imagine myself at 15 having to raise a child and be in a marriage with an older man.

This article was very appealing to me, seeing as I've always wanted to get married and have children at an early age. However, I HATE the fact that in some countries people are forced into marriage and having children. The whole idea of being forced to be with someone whom you don't love is so sad, and I wish that everyone in the world could experience being with their one true love. This also affects my life because I adopted a child in another country and then she was sold by her parents to a man to be wed and bear children with. I was heartbroken and didn't understand how anyone could go through that or do that to their child. Very nice summary of the article, I think you explained it quite well.

First of all the title caught my eye and while reading you put a stat that if nothing is done to stop this problem , because when I am older and a parent I don't want my children marrying at 15 especially having kids at 15. This connects to me also because there were a few sophomore couples that got married in my high school at a young age but they got to choose who they married unlike these girls in the article. This is a major issue because young women being forced to marry a guy and have kids with him is inequality between men in women and it not really seen here in the USA. I don't like the idea of girls being forced to marry a guy they don't want to let alone having to marry at such a young age and have kids too. This issue is overlooked a lot because its not a problem in the states and used to be practiced in 19th century, but its a problem in other countries so the UN needs to do something because in my opinion its really sad and wrong. Girls should be able to have a choice who they marry and have kids with its their life too.

First of all the title caught my eye and while reading you put a stat that if nothing is done to stop this problem , because when I am older and a parent I don't want my children marrying at 15 especially having kids at 15. This connects to me also because there were a few sophomore couples that got married in my high school at a young age but they got to choose who they married unlike these girls in the article. This is a major issue because young women being forced to marry a guy and have kids with him is inequality between men in women and it not really seen here in the USA. I don't like the idea of girls being forced to marry a guy they don't want to let alone having to marry at such a young age and have kids too. This issue is overlooked a lot because its not a problem in the states and used to be practiced in 19th century, but its a problem in other countries so the UN needs to do something because in my opinion its really sad and wrong. Girls should be able to have a choice who they marry and have kids with its their life too.

I had heard about this topic somewhere briefly the other day. I am glad I saw your article so that I could read more about it. It really is so sad that women are so disrespected in different countries. It is crazy to think girls are practically being forced to have children at fifteen. Most of us are just starting high school at that age! It does make sense that if these women had education this situation could be different. A lack of education does not give these girls much of a choice for what to do in life. In so many studies it has shown how much education can make a difference in a society. I really hope the UN can start making improvements soon before the situation gets even more out of hand then it already is. Thanks for the article!

Sometimes when reading about topics such as these, it is hard for someone like me to relate to it because in the United States we don’t see things like this in our everyday lives. This is an awfully sad thing for the women in Africa to have to deal with and I cannot imagine not having any say in who I marry or what happens to my child. Again, I can't say that I fully know what it is like, but I imagine that if I had such unequal rights to men, I would do everything in my power to fight for equality and to fight for my child's safety. You did a great job of saying your side of the issue and how you think that the UN should bring education to areas like these to prevent such situations from happening. I completely agree and I think that the more that these issues go unnoticed and unrecognized by other nations, no help will be brought to women and equality will not be achieved.

The title of this article really caught my eye. I grew up in a society where the average marriage age and pregnancy rate is around 24 or 25 so it is very shocking to me to read that children are being forced to have kids and get married against their will. I could never imagine living in a place where men and women were not equal and you had no say in anything you do. I strongly agree with you about education being important. people in those countries need to be informed about the dangers that come with teen pregnancy. Its really sad that young girls are being forced to go through things like this and not have a choice of who they fall in love with. I am really grateful that I grew up in a place were i can make my own choices and decide who i want to marry. This was a very interesting article and very well written.

I agree with your stance regarding this ongoing issue but I don’t think there is really anything any outside countries can do about it except for the countries in Africa, where it is occurring. Having a girl marry a man and have his children is something that has been happening in Africa for many years. Although I think that it is very wrong for families to marry their daughters away, it is not something that will automatically stop because of the UN. This practice in African culture will not die down immediately, I believe. It is a norm in African tribes that will not easily be put to rest.

i never knew and can not believe that this is happening in india. where i am from in the US women have a total say in when and who they will marry and when and even if they will have children.i can not believe that in india 15 year old girls are being forced to marry someone and even have their baby. its crazy to think that that is acceptable. i totally agree with your comment about the UN. i am very interested in what they will do and hope that they do bring an equality between the men and women in india. its important for women to have their say just as much as the men do. Great article topic and very good comments.

After reading your summary and response to this article, I was really taken back and I completely agree with you. Its scary to think that when I was 15 in tenth and eleventh grade that I could have been married and having children. I honestly just couldn't even imagine. I believe that education is key and really does need to be brought these people. Thanks to the UN there will hopefully be a decrease in the rate of women having children under the age of 15. As a woman I see it very annoying that if I was one of those women I would be able to speak my opinion and thoughts towards my own marriage. Why can't men and women be equal? How does a man have more say so in a marriage then a woman? They don't and that's exactly the point being made in this article. Men and women should be equal. My family would never ever even think about forcing me into marriage. Our family has a background in divorce so there is never a rush for us grandchildren. They would rather be completely happy then to see us unhappy and miserable. In America it is customary for women to have a bigger say so in the wedding and for a couple to work together on a marriage, not just one or the other. My grandma always told me that "marriage takes two." This is a good quote that really should be lived out. No person should ever be even forced into a marriage that is unwanted much less having children with a person they don't love especially at such a young age where this situation could end in death.

What a great thing to write about since it is something you don’t hear about very often. I completely agree that the UN stepping in and creating health classes to teach people in Africa about the possible dangers and downfalls of forced marriages at such a young age and having babies so young as well. I know that not all cultures are the same and everyone has their own beliefs but I feel like kids should be able to be kids and do things that children their age should be doing, not worrying about raising a child or about being married. This is a really good example of showing how different other cultures are compared to others, very interesting!

I agree that these women and children should not be forced into marriage and have children, that is basically rape. Marriage should not be forced upon anyone, male or female. It is a human right to choose who you want to spend the rest of your life with. Yes, the men and women should be seen equally, but it is incredibly hard to change society in such a drastic way like that. Even here in America, women are still not seen as entirely equal to the man, especially in the work place. Unless it is a matriarchal society, it is almost near impossible to create complete equality between man and woman. But at least the UN is attempting to do something about the situation.

I see where you are coming from; the whole situation is very shocking. There are many issues here that need to be addressed. Young girls should not be getting married especially against their will and then forced to have babies. Young girls should be living their lives not having to take care of a child. Having a child at such a young age is also dangerous. In such an unfortunate area of the world these women are suffering from a lack of education and medical advances. Getting these women education could solve so many problems. The high pregnancy rate could definitely be caused by a lack of education in that area of study. By educating these women, they could be empowered and actually understand the different consequences and rights that they possess. An education will also help with the death rates of the moms and the children because hopefully less people will be getting pregnant. Where I am from, we women are well educated through school about marriage and pregnancy. We are made aware but sometimes that still doesn’t help the pregnancy rates.

I agree with what your saying in your post because it's honestly sad that not every woman or little girl have the ability to do the things that we, being that i'm a female college student myself have in the United States. I feel bad for the little girls having to become mothers and take on such a big responsibility at such a young age. They have to give up their teenage roles to be come basically a married women. I never been through anything like that personally and i couldn't even imagine having to give up the life i had to have a completely different lifestyle in just a short amount of time.

I found the issue you are talking about very interesting as it seems to be a problem that is rising not only in poor countries but also in countries that as you mentioned have almost no education. To kick off the problem, obviously the government and people to not seem to want to do anything about it and it has become a common practice for them to have children marrying older men if this can bring more rep to the family of the child or even wealth. I think the post is very good and interesting but it could be a bit more powerful considering some of the arguments lack some detail. What I mean by this is that the source you have used is very good and its author has a lot of experience in journalism which makes it even better and easier to trust the source and its arguments. This is a big plus for your article summary and I think you should mention more arguments the author has used to prove your points thus making them a lot stronger. That being said, as a reader I would trust and agree with the arguments a lot more if they were built with a bit more detail. If a part describing the credibility of the author was mentioned I believe the article would be extremely good because it would just close up the small questions left in the back of my mind when reading the summary. Maybe also mention a bit more about the author and what she has studied in and what her level of education is to make sure the information on the topic is reliable to the reader.

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