She is a child bride. Children forced to wed before the age of eighteen become victims of child marriage; the majority of these victims are girls, giving them the term ‘Child Brides’ (“Child Marriage”). Child marriage dispossesses young women of their decision to wed whom and when they please (“Marrying Too Young”). Generations of families in countries all over the world marry their daughters off at a young age: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Nepal, Mozambique, Uganda, Mali, Bangladesh, Chad, Niger, and many more, including developed countries (Stoparic). These families live in poverty their entire lives.
Crimes, such as bride trafficking, infanticide, abandonment, and dowry related murder; often take place within private households, going unnoticed and not even acknowledged. “Tragically, women are most often the ones whose human rights are violated. Even now, in the late 20th century, the rape of women continues to be used as an instrument of armed conflict Women and children make up a large majority of the world’s refugees” (Clinton 3). By addressing her speech in Beijing, where gendercide is prevalent, Hillary expressed her objective effectively not just the United Nations, but to audiences across the world. Clinton effectively delivered her speech by portraying her purpose for women to achieve equality and better opportunities, with ethical appeals, emotional appeals, and logical appeals.
Child marriage is a global issue, transpiring in all parts of the world. Abducted from their home and family, young girls - below eighteen - are married off against their own will not only affecting the girls (mentally and physically) but the country as a whole. The organization, Too Young to Wed, says “… marrying them off at such a young age, they are putting the girls at risk and perpetuation the cycle of powerlessness and poverty.” Child marriages occurred throughout history and still an affair today due to society’s tolerance. And the number of young girls forced to wed increased and will continue to increase if society remains tolerant to this sensitive matter. For the duration of time, society perceives men as superior, which infused to their cultural aspect in life.
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