Call for action. Let the youth grow. Abolish child marriage.

Call for action. Let the youth grow. Abolish child marriage.

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Sharla Kirsteen Lim started this petition to Government

"Please, I'm begging you, leave me alone." These are the words of Nujood, age 10, child bride, during her wedding night. 

Child marriage is the formal (or informal) marriage of a child under the age of 18 — generally the marriage of a young girl to an older boy or man. But marriage is the union of two consenting adults. At least, it should be. 

These child brides will have less freedom in their lives — less chance of being able to choose a life path for themselves, and at a higher risk of being abused either emotionally, physically or mentally. Moreover, compared to children their age, they would have comparably higher chance of contracting HIV and other diseases as well as dying during pregnancy or while giving birth. 

Imagine the little girls around the world living these kinds of lives without the chance to speak out! 

Let's speak out for them. It is our responsibility to let the world know that we refuse to let them trample on these children's rights as human beings. By signing this, you agree to free our youth of the shackles that we, adults, as the perpetrator and the observer, have put on them. 

And that we remember that these are girls not brides. And we will let the youth grow. And together, hand in hand, let's abolish child marriages. 

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