Every night, as I sneak into my kids’ rooms and look at their cherubic sleeping faces (when they are sleeping they always seem so angelic, don’t they?) it’s hard to imagine that, in some cultures, my 3 year old daughter would be only a few years shy of being married off to someone without her consent. I can’t imagine her being denied an education or being promised in marriage and becoming a pre-teen mother.
According to Plan International, 10 million girls under the age of 18 marry each year, many as young as 8. In developing countries, 1 in every 3 girls marries before they are 18. As a result, 75,000 girls are missing out on primary or lower secondary education.
It scares me to even think about it.
Plan International has declared October 11, 2012 as International Day of the Girl and is raising awareness about girls’ issues by calling for one million people to raise their hands in support of education for all girls.
All you have to do is click ‘like’ on Facebook. So simple, yet so important. I did.