Ghulam and Faiz, age 40, sit for a portrait in her home prior to their wedding in Afghanistan.
According to the women's ministry and women's NGOs, approximately 57 percent of Afghan girls get married before the legal age of 16.
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Worldwide, many brides are still children, not even teenagers.
So young are some girls that they hold onto their toys during the wedding ceremony.
Child marriage is illegal in India, so ceremonies are often held in the wee hours of the morning.Removed from school just months earlier, she said she is sad to be getting engaged, as she wanted to be a teacher. But people laughing at you makes it more difficult.” After the birth of her son six months ago, however, Destaye no longer had time for classes. Addisu and his new bride Destaye are married in a traditional Ethiopian Orthodox wedding in the rural areas outside the city of Gondar, Ethiopia.Parents sometimes remove their daughters from school to protect them from the possibility of sexual activity outside of wedlock. Community members said that because of his standing as a priest, Addisu’s bride had to be a virgin.Tweet, Like and " " us on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. As a bright new year quickly approaches, Too Young to Wed (TYTW) would like to thank you for your tremendous support throughout 2017, our biggest year yet for helping child brides share their stories with the world to inspire people …Rajani and her boy groom barely look at each other as they are married in front of the sacred fire.By tradition, the young bride is expected to live at home until puberty, when a second ceremony transfers her to her husband.All members of society will benefit when we let girls be girls, not brides." institution signifying a union between two adults and the beginning of their future together.Unfortunately, millions of girls still suffer from a vastly different marriage experience every year.Together, let us resolve to end the discrimination and poverty that perpetuate this harmful practice.And let us help those who are already married to lead more fulfilling lives.Continue reading "Child marriage is a violation of human rights.By 2020, 142 million innocent young girls worldwide will be separated from their friends and family, deprived of an education and put in harm’s way because of child marriage.We also have an active forums and arcade for you to use.