“Child marriage is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. It denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse and jeopardizes her health” – United Nations
In India, the legal age for marriage is 18. The ‘M’ for marriage poster is our attempt to highlight the fact that despite this, a shocking 46% of girls in the country become victims of child marriage.
Pulled out of school and married off for dowry, to pass off the ‘burden’ or just because of village customs, child marriages start from the age of 12-13. It is common knowledge that in these marriages there is a high chance that the girl is subjected to abuse or worse.
Educate Girls, with your help, is trying to change that. By keeping girls in school, we convince the parents to push back the date of marriage. More than that, the girls get empowered. She can make better life decisions, choose her own career and even take care of her family better.
When a girl is educated, she consciously and unconsciously educates those around her. Empower young girls and start a ripple effect.
You will be happy to know that, Educate Girls' completed five years on 5th December 2012. The last five years wouldn't have been possible without your support and encouragement. We take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us in this journey.
We are in the second year of implementing our project "Child Brides: Send them to School instead" and our presence in 4,425 schools has helped us to make quality education available to almost half a million girls. We have successfully enrolled over 21,000 out of school girls from Pali and Jalore into rejuvenated government schools.We now aspire to reach out to over 64,000 girls by the end of 2016, for which we require your support.
We would also like to thank you for your contribution to our project during the Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge. Your donation helped us reach the number seven position. Even though we were unable to be among the six finalists, we were humbled by the overwhelming response and support that we received from each one of you. Once again thank you very much for your generous contributions.
“I for In-Laws” signifies how child marriage makes a young girl lose her childhood and also her identity. It is worrisome that, if the present trends continue, 100 million girls across the world will be married over the next decade. That would mean 25,000 girls being married every day for the next 10 years.
68% of girls in Rajasthan are married before the age of 18. They are torn away from their parents and compelled to obey their in-laws.
Our project “Child Brides: Send them to School Instead” is our effort to send girls to school. We work in Pali and Jalore districts in Rajasthan where we stress on education and work towards the prevention of child marriage.
You will be happy to know that our project is doing well at the Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge. We are now among the finalists and need your help to remain among the top six to win.
All we need this Thanksgiving is for you to tell atleast five of your friends about our project and encourage them to donate. A minimum contribution of 10 USD will help us move ahead in the competition and win it.
Lets’ empower the girl child and protect her from becoming a child bride. Donate now and send her to school instead.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
It has been three weeks since we launched the “Send Child Brides to School” campaign and it is time to release our next poster.
The “H for Husband” poster is our attempt to make people aware about the extent of domestic violence faced by child brides. Studies have proved that, child marriage limits young girls’ skills, resources, knowledge, social support, mobility and autonomy. Young married girls have little power in relation to their husbands and in-laws.
Please share the “H for Husband” poster with your family and friends and create awareness about this issue.
The Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge is an excellent opportunity for us to increase visibility and financial support for our “Send Child Brides to School” campaign.
Vote with your dollars for Educate Girls’ project “Child Brides: Send them to School Instead” and help us win the challenge. All we need from you is a minimum contribution of 10 USD.
The challenge runs from November 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012 and the project with the highest number of donors will win the challenge.
Last year we had identified ~20,000 girls who were out of school and at risk of early marriage from Pali and Jalore districts.
To date we have enrolled over 10,000 out of those girls who are now enjoying their right to education. However, we still need to enroll another 10,000.
Today is Bonus Day on Global Giving. Consider making a donation to us this day and help us prevent 10,000 out-of-school girls from becoming child brides.
GlobalGiving will match up to $1,000 per donor per project on Bonus Day!
You are an integral part our work and we look forward to your support.
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