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Thandeka Mazibuko started this petition to Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri Mario Draghi and

Forced marriage is a never ending rape.  It usually occurs to young girls while they are still at school perusing their careers. We need policies acted upon or drafted to prevent families from abusing their own children selling them ato marry men without their own will. A marriage should be a decsion agreed upon by people who hav echosen to get married not forced for any reason ,cultural ,religious or financial. Forced Marriages must be ended. 

The forced marriage has major psychosocial implication on these girls. Boys are never forced into marriages but girls: Parents makes all the negotiations even before approaching the girl involved.

 Italy has ratified the Istanbul Convention, which considers forced marriage a serious form of violence to which women and girls are exposed, and under which state parties have a duty to criminalise the intentional conduct of forcing an adult or child into a marriage.Oct 1, 2015re raped by your family as well as the men you don't want in your life but imposed to you by your parents. There is always verbal, physical and sexual abuse involved. Yes we are raped by those we trust the most to care for us. There is always financial gain for the parents. Basically parents sell their own children for a living. 

Numbers Don’t Lie

Say “child marriage” and the average American thinks of a developing country, where economic hardship forces parents to marry off their young daughter to a much older man.

In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 4 in 10 young women marry before age 18. In South Asia, 3 in 10 girls are wed before their 18th birthday. 

But child marriage is happening right now in the U.S. And that’s not okay.

More than 200,000 minors were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2015


Every two seconds, a girl is married before she is physically or emotionally mature enough to become a wife or a mother.

Globally, 720 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. Every year, they are joined by another 15 million child brides – the equivalent of the entire population of Mali �� and Zimbabwe �� That is how common this cruelty is in the communities.

Child marriage:
A challenge across Africa
Large numbers of African girls and women suffer the consequences of child marriage.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of women are married as children.

Child marriage is widespread in West and Central Africa, where 42% of women are married as children, and in East and Southern Africa, where child marriage affects 37% of girls.
Africa is home to 15 of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world.
All African countries are faced with the challenge of child marriage, whether they experience high child marriage prevalence, such as Niger (76%) or lower rates like Algeria (2%)1.


Personal Testimony of Dr Thandeka Mazibuko

Dr Thandeka Mazibuko is from the rural village of South Africa called KwaNyuswa, she is the eldest daughter out of 2 siblings. She is a medical doctor who graduated from Nelson Mandela School of Medicine who later specializes in Radiation Oncology. She is now a New York City Permanent Resident rotating in few hospitals like New York Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore and Mount Sinai Hospital:

she is a multi award winner for her philanthropic work , amongst Honor she recover is an Oprah Herione 2010 which featured her on Oprah Magazine.

I was beaten up, spoken to harshly, manipulated,  forced, threatened , controlled,  demanded to marry a man of my family choice.  He was a friend of my uncle who was a Pastor. It was done under religious pretense using God as a person who sent them to abuse me to marry this men. 

It is painful and very traumatic experience.

This practice is commonly taking place in rural or poor communities. In poor villages and families young girls are a source of food, cars and betters lives.  Where a young girl cannot defend herself 

I was forced to an arranged marriage  by my aunt and mom at age 17. My family was poor, very poor. He had promised to build my mom a house and by my aunt a car. I was sold basically. How does if feel to know that your family put you through so much just for things you were gon to buy for them anyway.

They did not think I could become a doctor, they thought I can be a wife of a man I did not like, love and did not know. 

I was abused and illtreated. I was treated like a slave. I use to cry every single day of my life. I ise to take pills to fall asleep. 

The song that saved my life was Hero by Mariah Carey, I believe I can fly by R Kelly.

 I escaped and went to school and medical school. I am a doctor now, I know better and see better. I believe your signature can save a life.

I strongly believe this practice can be ended if we collect enough signatures and stand against the abuse of young rural , poor and illiterate young girls.

The causes of child marriage are common across Africa:
Where poverty is acute, parents may feel that giving a daughter in marriage will reduce family expenses, or even temporarily increase their income, in cases where a bride’s parents are paid a bride price.
Tradition: in many places, child marriage persists because it has happened for generations – and straying from tradition could mean exclusion from the community.
In many areas, marrying off a girl as a child is seen as a way to ensure her safety, especially in areas where girls are at high risk of physical or sexual assault.
Crucially, gender inequalities across Africa also drive child marriage: in many communities where child marriage is practised, girls are not valued as much as boys – they are considered to be a burden or a

I will be collecting signatures on line and in New York City in person .



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