CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)
February 21, 2012
CARE's work with women in highlighting the plight of forced marriage and child marriage is invaluable. I became interested in CARE because I care deeply about forced marriage, and of course child marriage. However, forced marriage is something that I can relate to as I have been through a forced marriage myself, and know that women the whole world over need help to end this tradition of abuse and human rights violation. A forced marriage can scar a girl for life, can put her in a situation that no-one would ever want to be in or should have to be in. My own situation even though not a child marriage, had elements of a child marriage as I was engaged at the age of 14; and felt tremendous pressure to say "yes". People do not realize the power of cultural practices and that it is not easy as a girl of any age to say "no" to one's parents. Girls every day are being forced into marriages that they are unhappy with, and this unhappiness often leads to violence; because when one or both people in a marriage are unhappy, most often this bad situation can escalate, and terrible things can happen. We are now hearing of "honor killings" a lot, and many of these killings also are due to when a girl decides to be strong and say "no". We are very often victimized, and we need help. CARE can be counted on to help stop this harmful practice, and that is why I support CARE.
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