Today, I was Googling myself to see what others were writing about me and one of the first things I read was the following tweet.
— GRAN (@GRANadvocates) December 27, 2015
When I first read it I was a little afraid that my country had enough of me and were all out to get me. Then I read a little more on the issue. It was really shocking to me to learn that my initials are also the acronym for Child, Early and Forced Marriage. According to the Government of Canada the following stats are true:
- Every year, it is estimated that 15 million girls—some as young as five years old—are forced into marriage.
- Over 700 million women alive today were married as children.
- One in every three girls in the developing world is married by the age of 18. One in nine marries before the age of 15.
- Complications in childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in the developing world.
I really agree with the 10,000 tweets on the issue that this is something that everyone should know about and work towards putting an immediate end to. If you want to read more on the issue there are good links on the bottom of the government’s webpage on the issue (http://www.international.gc.ca/rights-droits/childmarriage-mariageenfants/index.aspx?lang=eng)