Let´s end child marriage for good

Over 35,000 children are forced into marriage every day

Over 35,000 children are forced into marriage every day

By: Sophie McAdam,

True Activist.

This week, an eight-year-old Yemeni girl called Rawan died from severe internal injuries after being brutally raped by her 40-year-old husband on their wedding night. It´s impossible to imagine the terror and pain this small child suffered as she was so horrifically abused, but we must not let her tragic ordeal be in vain.

In Yemen, where poverty-stricken families can earn good money by selling a young daughter, more than a quarter of girls marry before the age of 15. For years, protesters in Yemen have been fighting to change this, but in 2009 the courts threw out a law that campaigned to set the minimum age for marriage at 17.

Rawan´s parents failed her, and so did her government. Her death has sparked anger in Yemen, and we must join the people´s urgent call for change while the world´s attention is on the country. All children deserve a childhood. Please act now before another girl like Rawan is forced to endure such a barbaric attack on her innocence.

I have created a petition on Avaaz and would appreciate any help by True Activist readers to raise awareness-  please sign and share the campaign using the above link if this touches you.  United, we CAN make a difference to future generations

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16 Responses to "Let´s end child marriage for good"

  1. Edderd  September 13, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I will not sign this petition! Government enacted morals are the wrong direction to go.
    As horrific as this is, the person that did the deed will pay the price.
    It is not for US in western culture to stick our noses where they are not appreciated.
    You ever wonder why the USA is so hated in the Middle East? Well it is because we impose our morals on their culture. We do not want their Shariah Law destroying our culture any more than they want US destroying theirs. = ( BUT OUT)
    God will sort things our at the proper time.
    Age 15 is the normal age to get married in the recent past of the USA for example.
    What good has the woman’s suffrage movement done for the USA ?
    ONT ONE BIT in my view. The Muslims do not want the woman’s suffrage movement and their tight ass morals in their part of the world either.

    • Sophie McAdam  September 13, 2013 at 8:53 am


      I absolutely agree with your sentiment about the USA poking its nose into everything the Arab world do…I was aware of this when I began the campaign, but with a 10 year-old daughter of my own (who is stil playing with dolls) I simply couldn´t sit around doing nothing after reading that news story. I hope you notice I did not mention Islam once? To me this is about children´s rights, women´s rights, human rights….it´s true that Yemen is a Muslim country, but I feel that Islam should not be the focus here. The new President of Yemen (since 2012) is trying very hard to make friends and allies in the West, even attending meetings at the Pentagon, and for that reason I do not believe that this campaign is a waste of time. Avaaz has shown time and time again that with enough public pressure, nothing is impossible. Their achievements cannot be understated..I wrote a little about that here if you are interested:


      ps I´m not American, so you can stop worrying about that :)

    • Guh  September 14, 2013 at 4:19 am

      Alas, it has less to do with imposition of morals than the absurd amount of times that the U.S. in some way or another have meddled with the resources and governments of countless sovereign nations without just cause.

    • Dan Haffke  September 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Edderd, your response seems just a bit political. By your reasoning, the men involved in the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), who feel they have a right to engage in their debauchery, should be allowed to, so that “government enacted morals” don’t infringe upon their rights. To make statements about God sorting things out at the proper time is absurd! You say the person who did the deed will pay the price, what if that person “gets saved”? Sins blotted-out, free ticket to heaven, and what of the little girl who died? Free ticket to hell I suppose. In the mean time more children will get hurt. Can’t you see how ridiculous the reasoning is? Do you also think laws in the United States enacted to protect children from monsters is also the wrong direction to go? Besides, this isn’t about morals, it’s about vicious crimes against children. (Dan)

  2. Sophie McAdam  September 13, 2013 at 8:58 am


    There is a HELL of a difference between age 8 and age 15. Even if we can pressure the Yemeni government to stop child marriages until the girl has reached puberty it will be a huge improvement to the current system! Until a girl has her period, her body is not ready for sex…what you say about Shariah law and Islamic custom may be correct, but please don´t forget the millions of Muslims who are fighting for women´s rights all over the world and need support from the rest of us. As anthropologist Margaret Meade once said,

    “Never doubt that a small, committed group of citizens can change the world. Indeed, it´s the only thing that ever has.”

  3. Grama Keshava Ananthram  September 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

    The Child Marriage Customs stand prohibited by Law, though in many parts of the World, surreptitiously continued in nooks of the World; prime reason being the utter poverty conditions ,!need not attributed for a particular community ; this plague is prevalent in the Male Chauvinistic domain !

  4. Sophie McAdam  September 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Thank you Grama, in Yemen there is no prohibition by law but generally, I completely agree- this is a question of patriarchy and poverty more than anything else.

  5. 0jr  September 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    but it’s still okay for inbred polygimist mormons in amerika

  6. Sarah Elizabeth Barnard  October 2, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Human rights is a global concern, not regional. What if no one had interfered in Hitler’s European plans? Or what about the fight to end children being sold to sex slavery… Sometimes, it’s ok to interfere.. I disagree with Edderd.

  7. vivienne  October 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

    How do these people sleep at night. And the parents????? Disgusting


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