STORY PREVIEW

2018

Stop Girl Child Marriage

Pinewood School Hamirpur

Jammu and Kashmir

MENTOR

Mohd Shehzad Khan

STUDENTS

Amma Kosser,

Afiya Naz,

Sohail Ahmed Khan,

Muskan Sagar,

Urfa Khatoon,

Shareen Kosser,

Sumera Imtiyaz,

Shasta Kosser,

Sonia Kosser,

Farzana Anjum,

Step 1 FEEL

Early Girl Child Marriage

In recent years child marriage has gained increasing prominence on international and national development agendas. But in our, border area we have to find a unique opportunity to act on this momentum and accelerate our efforts to help change the lives of girls and young women in our area. Ending child marriage requires work across all sectors and at all levels. It requires us to understand the complex drivers behind the practice in different contexts and adapt our interventions accordingly so we believe that Nukkad Nataks, Bal Sabha, Rallies on community awareness can prove to be very helpful in the eradication of this social stigma.

The people who were affected were generally the girls and women of the locality and their concerns were : 1. They don't get the equal opportunities as compared to males and child marriage is a major barrier to achieving gender equality. 2. Child marriage locks away women’s enormous potential to help solve global problems. 3. Child marriage traps girls and their families in a cycle of poverty

Step 2 IMAGINE

1. Educate girls Many studies have shown that it is more likely that a girl who marries as a child will come from a society where education for girls is not valued. She will probably be illiterate and will have little to no understanding of her human rights. Girls having access to both primary and secondary education will improve their chances of access to employment and a means of sustaining themselves and then, in turn, their families. It is important to reach out to societies and help challenge traditional and discriminatory views on access to education. 2. Empower Girls In many countries where child marriage is widespread, girls are often seen as economic burdens. Girls in households where boys are favoured often have low self-esteem and little confidence. Empowerment programs for young girls are key to preventing early marriages by improving their self-efficacy. This can be achieved by informing girls of their basic human rights, their legal right to refuse a marriage, and education programs on health and sex education. 3. Educating Parents and Community Some parents from very traditional communities believe that child marriage is a way of protecting their daughter: providing for her economically so she will be taken care of; shielding her from harassment and sexual violence before she reaches adolescence, and preventing premarital sex which is still taboo in many countries. Unfortunately, families often do not know the detrimental effects of early child marriages. Pregnancy at a very tender age can lead to many complications as a girl’s body will not be ready for childbirth. Education will benefit such parents on the very harmful effects of forced early childhood marriages. 4. Support Legislation Against Child Marriage One of the most powerful tools that anti-child marriage have been campaigning for is to make child marriage illegal by raising the legal age of marriage. Some countries, however, have the very low minimum legal age of marriage; We can start by supporting efforts to get legislation passed by participating in community campaigning activities such as petitions and demonstrations. In cases where the legislation is already in place but still facing trouble gaining traction over entrenched traditions, you can help prevent child marriage by notifying the relevant authorities or agencies about any child marriages being facilitated.

Educating Parents and Community Some parents from very traditional communities believe that child marriage is a way of protecting their daughter: providing for her economically so she will be taken care of; shielding her from harassment and sexual violence before she reaches adolescence, and preventing premarital sex which is still taboo in many countries. Unfortunately, families often do not know the detrimental effects of early child marriages. Pregnancy at a very tender age can lead to many complications as a girl’s body will not be ready for childbirth. Education will benefit such parents on the very harmful effects of forced early childhood marriages and it is very sustainable.

Step 3DO

Educating girls-Empowering girls-Rallying the wider community to stand up for girls' rights-Providing girls and their families with income opportunities-Petitioning government and encouraging supportive laws.

Our education awareness project in Hamirpur targeted communities to change attitudes about child marriage. The awareness project conducted community sensitization programs to raise awareness among parents, teachers, and local authorities along with the community members and discussed the importance of girls’ education and the harmful consequences of child marriage. The people promised that we will not indulge in this practice in future.

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"We are highly thankful for this community sensitization and it has really opened our eyes." " We will only marry our daughters when they want., Not when we want"

1. Reaching people in our border areas. 2. Making people aware of this social stigma who are aged. 3. Communication Gap. We adopted different strategies to sensitize the community by involving our teachers, Indian Army unit deployed in our area and some community members.

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Gender Equality

Girls who are married as children are more likely to experience domestic violence, and have a lower status in society, because too often child brides are denied their right to pursue education, employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. With every child bride, we lose a future teacher, doctor, scientist, entrepreneur or political leader. The cost to all of us is tremendous, and we pay the price in the form of inefficient accumulation of capital and slower economic growth, amounting to trillions of dollars for developing countries by 2030.

Step 4 SHARE

We shared the project with the school and community with the help of our teachers and Principal. We shared the project with our teachers, principal and academic mentor and they appreciated our efforts.

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We simply need to involve the community to make this project sustainable.