At one point or another I think that all of us have heard of child marriage. Young children being forced to marry for one reason or another. Most of the time when we hear about this, we associate it with a young girl being forced to marry a man much older than herself. But this is not always the case. In Nepal right now, there is a huge problem with young boys being forced to marry young girls. Not only are they married at the age of 8 or 9, but they are expected to even have children of their own.
End Child Marriage
I’ve partnered with CARE.org, a global humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering people. Their goal is to bring awareness of young boys in Nepal who are forced to marry as children and expected to perform all duties as a husband, leaving school, finding a job, and, even having children of their own.
Father’s Too Young!
Tomorrow we will be celebrating Father’s Day. I remember the day my husband became a Father. It was exciting, overwhelming and scary. He was 29 years old. For some children in Nepal, they are married off at the age of 8 and by the age of 12 they are a father.
Can you imagine being a parent at the age of 12?
CARE.org interviewed a man named Parashuram. Forced to marry at the age of 9, he wet himself at his own wedding because he had no idea how to untie her ceremonial garment to use the bathroom. At just 12, he was pressured to produce a child. He hadn’t hit puberty yet. “I couldn’t do what was expected of me as a married man,” he said.
But now he was left to work and provide for his wife and a child of his own.
This Father’s Day I would encourage all of you to stop by CARE.org and learn how you can help. One of CARE’s current fears is the recent April earthquake will further isolate rural communities and intensify the economic pressure that fuels forced child marriage. You can view the information and voice your support by signing a pre-drafted letter to your members of congress.