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An inspiring teen stands up for her right to say no to child marriage

POSTED October 29, 2021

An inspiring teen stands up for her right to say no to child marriage

Watch Geetha take a stand for her future with the help of her community, Children Believe and our implementing partner

By Jessica Nguyen, digital coordinator, Canada

Geetha stands smiling in an orange and yellow outfit, smiling in front of a lake surrounded by greenery

Every day, girls drop out of school due to child marriage. Geetha, a teen from our India programs, was facing a similar fate when she stood up for her rights, saying no to child marriage (See video below).

The young student knew she could find help. “I am an active member of the village development committee as well as the youth club,” expresses Geetha in the video. “Every month we conducted meetings where we learned and discussed child marriage and other village-related issues. I was hopeful if I approached them, they would stop my marriage.”

Thankfully, with the help of Children Believe and our local implementing partner, Geetha’s marriage was stopped, and she continues to go to school and pursue her dreams. Better yet, her story sparked change in her community, ending local child marriages.

Many girls around the world aren’t as lucky. “The total number of girls married in childhood stands at 12 million per year,” reports UNICEF.

At Children Believe, our program partners work with women, girls, children and communities to end child marriage. We have intervention programs and equip communities with knowledge and tools to protect young people’s rights and promote healthy, inclusive spaces for learning.

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ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE (formerly Christian Children's Fund of Canada):

Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60 years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.

About ChildFund Alliance:

A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of 12 child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in more than 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.

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