Millions of girls every year are forced into marriage. Please help stop this archaic, cruel practice.
"I was given to my husband when I was little and
I don't even remember when I was given
because I was so little.
It's my husband who brought me up"
Kanas (18 at interview) -
Photograph (C) Stephanie Sinclair
from Too Young To Wed
At Visa pour l’Image this year in Perpignan, France, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair won the prestigious Visa d’Or feature award for her eight-year photographic study of child brides in Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal, Ethiopia and India. Sinclair along with agency VII and the UN Population Fund have launched an interactive website – Too Young To Wed - to support and promote the International Day of the Girl Child and to encourage greater awareness of the plight of millions of innocent young girls forced into marriage and a life of servitude and abuse. Sinclair is also a grantee of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. She is one of a number of photojournalists who are focused on bringing the stories of these tragic, girl children to the world.
"Today, there are more than 67 million brides who were married as children. That's nearly double the number of girls who attend school every day in North America and Western Europe combined."
Knowledge is power. Share this information today with those in your own community. The more people who stand against child marriage the greater the likelihood for change. These girls need our help, for they have no voice of their own. Please visit Too Young To Wed and take action today.