#16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/14717/all en Campaign Art: #GirlsNotBrides http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-girlsnotbrides <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> Child marriage is a violation of human rights and needs to be addressed worldwide by citizens, community organizations, local, and federal government agencies, as well as international organizations and civil society groups. Child marriage cuts across borders, religions, cultures, and ethnicities and can be found all over the world. Although sometimes boys are subjected to early marriage, girls are far more likely to be married at a young age.<br /><br /> This is where we stand today: in developing countries, <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/child-marriage" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1 in every 3 girls is married before the age of 18</a>. And 1 in nine girls is married before turning 15. Try looking at it this way: the <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">United Nations Population Fund</a> (UNFPA) estimates that if current trends continue, worldwide, <a href="https://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/MarryingTooYoung.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">142 million girls</a> will be married by 2020. Another prediction from a global partnership called <a href="http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Girls Not Brides</a> suggests, that if there is no reduction in child marriages, the global number of child brides will reach <a href="http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/where-does-it-happen/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1.2 billion by 2050</a>.<br /><br /> Why is this such a critical issue? Child marriage undermines global effort to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity, as it traps vulnerable individuals in a cycle of poverty. Child marriage deprives girls of educational opportunities. Often times, when girls are married at a young age, they are more likely to drop out of school and are at a higher risk of death due to early childbirth. According to the <a href="http://www.who.int/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Health Organization</a>, <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs364/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second cause of death for 15-19 year-old girls globally. </a> <br /><br /> In order to raise awareness about child marriage in the Middle East, a Lebanon-based organization, <a href="http://www.kafa.org.lb/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">KAFA</a>, produced this video as a social experiment.<div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-322 asset-video"> <strong > Social epxeriment by KAFA </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/p7lPgOEwbYw"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/p7lPgOEwbYw" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> <strong>Source: </strong><a href="http://www.kafa.org.lb/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">KAFA Lebanon</a></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:58:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7632 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere