Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest and most fragile states. Being a patriarchal society, educational and economic value is placed on the sons.
A daughter’s value is found in her marriageability. Driven by poverty and battling the effects of climate change,
farming families at risk of erratic weather extremes alleviate their financial burdens by marrying off their daughters.
““My father married me to an older man. I was forced to drop out of school.
My husband was a drug addict and my marriage soon became abusive.
He also asked me to do odd-jobs to support our home. He finally threw me and my two children out of my home
because I couldn’t make enough money to support his drug habit.”
Khadija*, who was married off at 16
Child marriage is more prevalent in patriarchal societies than others. World Vision believes that in addition to educating and empowering a girl child, it is just as crucial to educate the girl’s family members, especially her father and brothers. Fathers who are unaware of the dangers of child marriage, would still marry off their educated daughters at an early age.
To prevent child, early and forced marriages in Afghanistan, you can:
• Give out-of-school girls an opportunity to complete their primary education
• Empower adolescent girls with vocational skills like handicrafts, baking and sewing
• Educate the girls’ families on the dangers of early child marriage