In The Blink Of An Eye

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I’ve heard many women say that they have been dreaming about their fairytale wedding. They also mention that they can’t wait to meet that “special someone”. They talk about how grand the wedding would be, the location, the food, the dress, everything. Unfortunately, it’s not like that in every country. Child Marriage is categorized as one of the world’s most devastating problem ("Girls Not Brides"). This delinquent has been going on for a few decades now, and has been increasing in percentages over the previous years. The main reason that child marriage has been increasing is because it is being passed on from generation to generation.
Child marriage is the forced marriage when at least one of the spouses is under the age of 18. Although the majority of the marriages are girls, boys can also be forced into a marriage. Often in marriages the man is much older than the girl, making it very uncomfortable circumstances. Parents force their girls to marry an elder man because it is known to be good fortune to get your girl out of the house and married by the age of 15 (United Nations). According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it’s in fact a violation. Stating that, “Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses” ("Girls Not Brides"). NATO as seen this issue before, but bypassed it because of other more significant complications.
Imagine that you are a nine year old girl and you just came home from school. All of a sudden, out of the blue, your parents tell you that you are going to marry a man that they just met yesterday, but you haven’t even met him. They also tell you that he is 27 years old. What would your reaction be? Probably not to enthusiastic. But, that’s the tangible life of many girls. When the girl gets told that she is getting married, she can’t decide what day it is, where the location is, or anything about it. The girl and her mother may go and shop for the traditional ruby red dress. The day of the wedding may be the most important and life changing event in the young girls life. The wedding is usually celebratory, glad that the “couple” is getting married. Life after the wedding can be very lonely and lifeless. The man is off at work, and you are at home cleaning and cooking. The husband usually tries to impregnate the wife. The young girl is neither physically nor mentally ready to be a wife. If you get...

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