Too Young To Wed's unique Tehani Photo Workshops bring together former child brides and girls at-risk of child marriage to begin their trauma-recovery journey while learning visual storytelling skills that will help them communicate their own stories, raising their voice on the world stage. Through these workshops, we hope to create a generation of empowered advocates, champions and community leaders in the fight to end this devastating practice.
Every 2 seconds, a girl is married against her will. There are more than 700 million women today who were married before 18, including 233 million before they were 15. Child brides are more likely to leave school early and experience poor health, sexual & physical violence, and injury & death from pregnancy. Nearly 40% of Nepalese women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married by the time they turned 18, Unicef reports, and the country also has an unusually large number of child grooms.
TYTW will build and roll-out a curriculum to run a 5-day photo workshop in Nepal. Participants will: 1. Gain photojournalism skills to express themselves 2. Have their voices heard by the community, local leaders, and even global influencers 3. Gain tools and strategies to begin their trauma healing journey from child marriage, violence & sexual abuse 4. Organize and host a community-wide photo exhibit to spark community action to end child marriage and empower survivors.
Photography workshops will have lasting effects on the community of over 250 households. After graduating, participants will have newfound confidence and respect in and for their communities. They will gain trauma management tools, serve as role models and become local champions, mobilizing their communities to end child marriage. TYTW will raise global awareness on the issue by sharing participants' photographs with art galleries, media outlets and policy makers to effect lasting policy change.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).