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by FROM ME TO YOU | April 19, 2013 at 9:21 PM
FROM ME TO YOU
UN FINISHED BUSINESS
It is a true story and transformation for a young girl in Tanzania
It's clear, from your writing, that you are well informed about issues of forced child marriage among pastoralist societies in Tanzania. The facts and numbers that you reference are powerful - and shocking.
Do you have any original stories - from the women you work with, or from your own experiences - that you could weave into your story? If you could start and end your article with an example of child marriage in Tanzania, this might draw reader in, emotionally. Any time you can give a real life example to help highlight the realities of child marriage that you mention, this helps readers connect with the issue.
Best of luck in your pursuit to end child marriage in your community and promote female education! I look forward to reading your future posts!
Tanzania has a population of approximately 45 million people. It has among others migrant pastoralists tribes of maasai, sukuma and mang'ati who are moving with their cattles from one place to another. Their cultures does not value women but they are the producers and keep children as usual but women in these society are not allowed to speak in front of men and are not allowed to go to school though some researches show that those who are sent to school perform very well. Their cultures allow parents to receive pride price before even the child is born. parents especially can arrange for marriage of each one children before the girl child is born. At the age of 7 years girls are sent to their respective husbands to be taken care the elder wife until they are ready for the marriage at 12 years.
The government is struggling to fight child or early marriages in these tribes but for us as activists we decided to use a friendly approaches to understand their cultures very well and be able to combat the problem in the maasai and other related tribes.
In my case I went for a training I was told by a young man when I asked the presence of women in the meeting I was facilitating that when the boy told of the case of this girl who was married at the age 12 years to a 75 years man and I successfully reported to issue to the police and to other relevant bodies where parties signed the contract to allow to girl child continue with schooling. My passion is to work closely with the communities and build a centre where I will be creating awareness to the women and girl child to the communities at large.
Your article is enlightening and most disturbing Sophia! Forced child marriage is a global problem and one we need to address and change. Thank you for speaking out and telling the world about what's going on in Tanzania; this is one of the first steps to effecting change. Your courage to speak out and your desire to put an end to the tradition of forced child marriage is to be highly commended!
God bless you and I look forward to hearing more of your voice in the WP community.
"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach" (Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author and poet)
Thanks Debbie we need to work together to change the World by starting from our community, these story is true happen to our girls I know the pain and effect women and girls are getting
Dear Erin visit the link for more information about the girl
to hear of a girl as young as 12 getting married to a 75 year old in a way disgusts me and to think she is even forced to marry him against her wishes breaks my heart even the more. this guy has lived his life, what gives him the right to not let the 12 year old live hers?
this saga always baffle me because it's the same in my country Kenya. fathers "selling" off their daughters like property so as to enrich themselves.
when you look at the whole triangle, since even the police are involved, so are the teachers who are among the people supposed to be protecting these girls, am left to wonder who to turn to.
have you come up with any ideas as how to tackle this menace because it's the whole community versus the girl child?
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that. -Martin Luther King Jnr.
I decided to work on the issue by sharing ideas with community member especially young girls I ill be back to share with you our plan
i pray that all thats in your plan(s) go smoothly and work wonders for the girls.
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