Sunsampaul drops yet another spoken word poetry video to talk about the danger of child abuse. This one is titled They Are Children
BRIEF NOTE BY THE ARTIST ABOUT CHILD MARRIAGE AND THE VIDEO
If we don’t act now, more than 140 million girls will become child brides by 2020. Child marriage is a violation of children’s human rights. Despite being prohibited by international law, it continues to rob millions of girls under 18 around the world of their childhood.
Early marriage denies girls their right to make vital decisions about their sexual health and well-being. It forces them out of education and into a life of poor prospects, with increased risk of violence, abuse, ill health or early death.
CONSEQUENCES OF CHILD MARRIAGE
Early pregnancy is one of the most dangerous causes and consequences of child marriage. Girls married early are more likely to experience violence, abuse and forced sexual relations. They are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (including HIV). Get our newsletter Going to school gives girls choices and opportunities in life, allowing them to play an active role in their communities and break the cycle of poverty. Girls who are married are unlikely to be in school. Education is essential for girls to be able to make informed decisions about their sexual health and well-being.