The story is all over the news—Rawan, an 8-year-old Yemeni girl was reportedly sold by her parents,
forced to marry a man five times her age and on her "wedding
night," her fragile young body sustained fatal injuries.
Right now, the collective horror of the world is focused on the devastating
death of an 8-year-old girl. We've seen thousands of emails, Facebook posts
and tweets from our community calling for action. We know that ending Forced
Child Marriage everywhere poses big obstacles and yet, this may be one of few fleeting
moments when millions of at-risk girls are counting on the support of a
global movement of activists. We're not going to let them down.
Marriage is a form of modern slavery, and in Yemen there is no law that makes
it illegal. It's common for girls as young as 8 to be forced
to marry to settle debts. In fact, 50% of girls in Yemen are married before
they reach the age of 18.1
Government has the power to bring an end to Forced Child Marriage forever;
the first step is to ban the marriage of anyone under the age of 18,
protecting children from a life of domestic and sexual slavery.
The Yemeni government needs to know that the eyes of the world are watching
and expect their swift response. Will you help?
Ask the Yemeni Government to end
Forced Child Marriage by making marriage under 18 illegal.
Rawan's story has struck a chord with people everywhere.
As well as depriving girls of their right to a childhood, Forced Child
Marriage leaves victims vulnerable to sexual, emotional and physical abuse at
the hands of their so-called husbands and extended families.
Now is the time to act. The
Walk Free community is over 3.8 million strong and growing rapidly.
Our collective voice is powerful—we can urge the government of Yemen to pass
crucial legislation protecting children and young girls from the brutalities
of forced marriage.
Forced Marriage is modern slavery and
can be stopped. Call on the government of Yemen to ban Forced Child Marriage.
The idea of being sold into a life of domestic and sexual slavery seems
unbelievable, and it's sad that only extreme cases like Rawan's gain
amazing would it be if these cases never made the media—not because they were
unreported, but because Forced Child Marriage no longer existed?
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have a moment, please forward
this email to 3 of your friends so we can become one step closer to building
a world free of this form of modern slavery.
Debra, Nick, Mich, Kate, Ryan, Jess, Amy and the Walk Free Team
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greatest evils: Modern slavery.