Not every girl gets to choose who and when to marry

The best man at our wedding summed it up for our friends and family- “It’s about damn time.”

We met as a senior and sophomore in high school. After I graduated, I would pick him up after school, he would go to my college color guard performances.

We held jobs, I traveled to London for the millennium, we both went on different adventures, some together, some apart.

We got married eight 1/2 years after we started dating- I was 25 years old.

In all that time, I felt blessed I had the ability to make my own choices, learn who I was, enjoy my own company, and enter a lifetime partnership as a mature and responsible adult.

While I am hardly an exception in our society, in other societies I would never been able to make my own decision for when and who I would marry.

So many girls enter marriages as children. Instead of a partnership, they are handed from owner to owner as their fathers give them away to someone who controls their destiny the rest of their lives.

They are pregnant at young ages, robbed of a childhood and constantly at service to others, whether their parents, their husbands, or their children, and lose their chance for an education.

I’m urging you to act with CARE and send the message that you care about these girls and want our government to get involved with ending child marriage.

Here is three ways you can get involved.

  • Have you ever imagined your perfect wedding? For many children,  marriage is already a reality – and there was no dream wedding. Join CARE in the global movement to end child marriage today: http://bit.ly/NzXXhW
  • Help end child marriage worldwide with CARE! Take the quiz, watch the videos, raise your voice and more: http://bit.ly/NzXXhW
  • Take a stand for the 1 in 3 girls in the developing world who are forced into child marriage every day. Tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to end child marriage now: http://bit.ly/QX5yHn (by October 11, 2011

This post supports the International Day of the Girl on October 11th on behalf of CARE.org and Charitable Influence, a network of bloggers using their voices for good.

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