The trauma that child brides go through can last a lifetime. Forced to become wives and mothers before they are physically or mentally ready, it is not uncommon for them to experience serious psychological trauma.
In a new film called “Child Mother”, women in their eighties and nineties tell their daughters about stories they have never told before – that of their lives as child brides.
Born into Jewish communities in Yemen and Morocco where child marriage was a culturally sanctioned custom, these women were married as young as 12 years old and forced to drop out of school to work or bear children. They have kept stories of violence and neglect from their children their entire lives.They have now decided to speak out. Read more here:
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense