Check out Sahar’s mention in Global Washington’s March Newsletter! In honor of International Women’s Day, Global Washington’s March issue brief features the current state of early marriage throughout the world and the negative outcomes– especially on the child brides– of the practice. The brief states:
“Child marriage is a violation of international human rights law. Yet around the world, about 650 million of the women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). By 2030, it’s estimated that more than 150 million girls will become child brides.”
In Afghanistan, 57% of girls are married before the legal age of 16. Our Early Marriage Prevention Program inspires girls to continue their education and empowers them to become leaders in their community. It also equips them to advocate for themselves by increasing their knowledge of potential educational opportunities and an understanding of their legal rights. Each year, Sahar reaches 500 girls directly, and more than 2,000 community members. Click here for more information on our program!
We are honored to be featured for our work in our Early Marriage Prevention Program and appreciate Global Washington for highlighting this important worldwide issue!