Child Bride by fiat
Clothes stained red from fear and pain.
Womb, unripe, unready…
May, December wed…
Scarlet tears won’t protect you.
Gnarled fingers groping…
The United Nations declared October 11 “International Day Of The Girl Child,” in recognition of the power and particular challenges facing girls globally. Some of the challenges facing girls include: gender stereotyping, discrimination, violence, negative media images, sex trafficking, denial of education and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls. In some fashion, directly or indirectly, we are all touched by these issues.
“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” Nelson Mandela
Child Bride by dictate
cloaked in white, virginal togs
Soon, a crimson sea…
Child at dusk, shredded by dawn
Covered in maroon…
In this haiku, I take a look at the unpleasant side of being a child bride. Babies with underdeveloped wombs having babies, enduring abuse, fistulas, illiteracy and even death. The child bride has no rights and can soon lose value and even her life if she doesn’t live up to the expectations of the family that married her. While not all child bride marriages are consummated early, the numbers that are make it a global concern. We can add our voices in multiple ways and Dayofthegirl.org has more information to share. More below!
“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” Mahatma Gandhi
Child Bride by culture
Alive at noon, not moonlight
Buried in rust dust…
Birth baby, birth…
Bid ailing new life adieu
Mourned, no more by none…
In 2003, Stephanie Sinclair started a photographic project on child marriages. The project;”Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides,” can be viewed on National Geographic, and the interview between Stephanie and Michele Norris on NPR radio.
What are your thoughts? Do you know any child-brides? What is your position on the subject? Would you allow your child to be an under age bride? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Each child deserves a chance at life and a chance to choose their path and excel. Speak up!
- Preventing Child Brides Is Goal on UN Day of Girl Child – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Gordon Brown: The Tragedy of Child Brides (huffingtonpost.com)
- Elsewhere In The World: Child Brides As Young As Five Forced Into Matrimony-dom With Old Geezers [Video] (bossip.com)
- Haiku: Autumn Clouds… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Let Girls be Girls, not Brides (girlsglobe.org)
- Haiku: Words For The Road… (eof737.wordpress.com)