Essay on Child Marriage Is A Social Norm

1257 Words Mar 30th, 2016 6 Pages
For most mothers under the age of 20, the mortality rates of their babies during childbirth is almost 75% higher than babies of older mothers, but the children that survive are most likely premature with a low birthweight, contributing to a higher risk for HIV/AIDS. Throughout most developing countries around the world, young girls must accept having to marry older men and give birth to children like these; however, this is not how a young girl should live her life.
Many wonder how most of the developing world would let a total of 700 million girls marry to any man that wants a young spouse, one out of three girls marrying before turning 15. (www.unicef.org). The answer is unnaturally simple. Commonly, child marriage is a social norm in the society of the developing world. By social norm, they are saying how a girl becoming a bride before turning 18 comes from gender discrimination, the encouragement of premature childbirth and the giving preference of education to men. (www.unicef.org). Most of these societies had misused most young women who become a wife and allow older men to preserve their family name and pass it down to another generation through their wife, whether she turns 30 or 13. What makes being a child bride so unnatural is the family of the young daughter allows her to be misused like this. PBS has stated how "seeing early marriage of daughters is viewed as means of preserving a family 's honor." (www.pbs.org). The daughters accepting their forced…

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