Early Marriage



Early marriage is a global issue. It is quite common in the African and Asian countries. However, the consequence of early marriage is serious, which can violate the rights of adolescence, both in this generation and the next. It affects the education and well-being of millions of children and has a knock-on effect for the poverty and development of communities. Simply put, early marriage can violate children basic rights to a childhood, to an education, to good health and to make decisions about their own lives.
Early Marriage Leads To Tragedy For a Young Woman In Africa



The physical, emotional and social effects of early marriage are varied, but one of the most common outcomes is the withdrawal of girls from formal education. Traditionally people in some rural villages value marriage more than education of the girls. Many girls stop school because of getting married. Husbands of young wives are often older men, who expect their wives to follow tradition, stay at home and undertake household and child-care duties. Schools often have a policy of refusing to allow married or pregnant girls or girls with babies to return. So all the rules, timetables and physical conditions make it too difficult for a girl to attend school and perform her duties as wife and mother at the same time.

Besides education, personal maturity is another problem they have to face in the early marriage. While immature and irresponsible actions may sometimes seem funny before marriage, they can become serious pitfalls within the marriage bond. One of the surest signs of immaturity and irresponsibility in both young men and young women is a lack of willingness to do a reasonable share of work in a consistent, dependable way. A third potential problem of early marriage is the problem of growing apart. This simply means that while two young people in their middle teenage years have much in common, that in many cases, our ideals and goals change as we pass the teenage years, to such an extent that we may easily find ourselves married for life to a person with whom we will ultimately have very little in common.

Additionally, having babies too young, brides of early marriage are at an extremely high risk for fistulas and they have a higher risk of being infected with sexually transmitted diseases and at an increased risk of chronic anemia and obesity. Statistically, child brides have a higher risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and murder.

In order to prevent the early marriage, we should raise consciousness about the extensiveness of early marriage and seriously consider the potential problems it relates. Government should establish safe spaces for girls to gather and socialize to increase access to economic skills and resources. Additionally, we should raise awareness of the health and rights implications of large spousal age differences and inter generational sex. Efforts should be taken to support married adolescent girls by decreasing their economic vulnerability, offering schooling, civic participation, and livelihoods opportunities, developing interventions to reduce their social isolation.


Category : Marriage

49 Comments → “Early Marriage”


  1. raah

    5 years ago

    i think girls should not be given a lot of education after school coz they are going to end up in their husbands homes. most girls are not going to work but will just stay at home after getting married….


  2. Annette

    5 years ago

    That type of thinking is out dated. Women are just as capable as men to run a household. Most men can’t deal with work and home without a women. Women can. Education is key for both sexes. Education will help both sexes with future problems.


  3. jero

    5 years ago

    girl they should think twice or even thrice..marriage is not a game..


  4. candy

    4 years ago

    raah?r u nuts.A girl should be given proper education.Womens r not for slavery of mens.They also have right to live as they wish and to get educated as much as they want ok……………………………………?


  5. dhamie

    4 years ago

    marriage is good.all they need to do all day is to work it out.


  6. Mahmoud

    4 years ago

    I think that the marriage represents half of our life


  7. LuTcHii

    4 years ago

    well for me i think Education is a MUST for every humanbeing , u cant just simply deprive a person from his right to learn, but the issue here is about early marriage which is an important issue , well for me , am WITH early marriage only if 2 things exist Love ( not forced to get married ) and Money ( being capable of supporting his wife and house ) ..


  8. Ade

    4 years ago

    Education should be given to those who wants it, there shouldnt be any discrimination, in most cases women work harder and have more initiative than men,


  9. tony

    4 years ago

    marriage is not game. We have to persuade the goverment to consolidate of propagande the consequenses of early marriage,if we really wanna light it


  10. SIMINYU

    4 years ago

    MARRIAGE IS NOT BED OF ROSE FLOWERS


  11. Gabriel

    4 years ago

    statutory marriages should be considered by all countries around the world, it allows girls and boys equal rights and opportunities to education and other rights such as employment becuase of age consideration. some types of education are such impediment in their department and create a big disabilities politically, economically and socially. Some of these are customary and child marriages.


  12. Gabriel

    4 years ago

    Statutory marriages should be considered by all countries around the world, it allows girls and boys equal rights and opportunities to education and other rights such as employment because of age consideration.Some types ofmarriage are such an impediment in there development and creates a big disabilities politically,economically and socially. Some of these are customary and child marriages


  13. IKechukwu Darlinton

    4 years ago

    Early marriage is a global issue but more or less a personal and local issue in the sense that it has eluded our young women the opportunity of giving back to the community what it offered them (education), we have the likes of John Sir-leaf of Liberia, the German chancellor, Hillary Clinton of USA, Dora Akunyili of Nigeria, to mention but a few. these people started little and managed their careers, why can’t our women think of being better than the aforementioned instead of early marriage, frankly, it diminishes their AI


  14. Ifeanyi

    4 years ago

    marriage is a life time assignmnent, time should be taken before going into it


  15. Hadush

    4 years ago

    in my opinion marriage is a dual phenomonen . it can be an exitment or in anothr time it can be aproblem.


  16. Hadush

    4 years ago

    marriage is a life time assignmnent, time should be taken before going into it


  17. Hadush

    4 years ago

    Early marriage is a global issue but more or less a personal and local issue in the sense that it has eluded our young women the opportunity of giving back to the community what it offered them (education), we have the likes of John Sir-leaf of Liberia, the German chancellor, Hillary Clinton of USA, Dora Akunyili of Nigeria, to mention but a few. these people started little and managed their careers, why can’t our women think of being better than the aforementioned instead of early marriage, frankly, it diminishes their AI


  18. Mira Khanal

    4 years ago

    Especially Early marriage is touching for me it’s wonderful.


  19. Blou

    4 years ago

    women should not be denied education, b,coz they deserve evry rite 2 do so, like evry normal male child.


  20. safia

    4 years ago

    I think that young girls have to study first and then look for the marrige, at least if they don’t finish their studies they can help thier children and make them aware about what happens around them . we have to live the privacy of each time in life .


  21. izha

    3 years ago

    early marriage is the most exiting.but married woman deserves to finish her study even though her husband doesn’t like?


  22. izha

    3 years ago

    can we consider early marriage an immoral?


  23. maya

    3 years ago

    early marriage shud b band bcz chldren forget to enjoy thier life which is thier right….


  24. abdulkadir

    3 years ago

    early marriage is not an avenue of depriving any body from his or her right of having educated. people have to be respecting traditions and beliefs of one another.


  25. abdulkadir

    3 years ago

    early marriage is not an avenue of depriving any body from his or her right of having education. people have to be respecting traditions and beliefs of one another.


  26. PAUL HYUHA

    3 years ago

    Early marriage is as a result of temporaly plessure and this temporaly plessure can lead to permanent suffering.So young boys and girls are accordingly advised to suffer temporaliry and anjoy permanently.


  27. Eyob

    3 years ago

    Marriage is wonderful but if we decide marry children that is murder.


  28. Eyob

    3 years ago

    share everything you have


  29. Golley Israel Tega

    3 years ago

    Early marriage should be encourage in order for our young men and women to face the challenges of life.
    Life is all choice, we decide our future and plan towards it.


  30. JOY CHUKURE

    3 years ago

    Early marriage should not be rulled out coz they said maturity is not the accumulation of years but collection of experiences.


  31. Merina subba

    3 years ago

    Early marriage should be stopped because it’s a crime.


  32. obakeng

    3 years ago

    true 2 al dat uve said lts thnk b4 we act i beleive education should cme frst nd mariage aftr


  33. madelene

    3 years ago

    to me what i think Early marriage is good it the man you are going to marry acept to allow you finishing your studies and getting your job,like myself am about to get marry am 21age old and the man am about to marry with agreed to allow me to study and get my Job so please i need a advace


  34. Maris

    3 years ago

    Marriage is nice and also any girl honour but I insist that you must be aducated, gain a job before getting into it cause if you dont ve this qualification, you will end up to house wife (baby making).A word is enough for a wise.


  35. Angela Gabrial

    3 years ago

    Early marriage shud nt be encourage coz it deprived one of his right as a youth


  36. Gepson, A

    3 years ago

    We have to unite and have the same speach of abolishing early marriage


  37. dj

    3 years ago

    they should totally prepared physically, mentally and emotionally, socially and even financially. they must be stable first.


  38. Cris G. Lorono

    3 years ago

    ….yeah its tue that early marriage is a global issue but the querstion is when can we stop this one or lets just paraphrase the question “how can we minimize it”?..it brings a lot of problem to the health of the girl..aside from that, the financial aspect is also involve and we all know that as of today were experiencing global crisis…what a sad scenario is it right?..and the big challenge to us young people is that lets all begin the change within ourself ,,,lets serve as a catalyst of change of this generation…coz we are the hope of our foreland…


  39. Cris G. Lorono

    3 years ago

    …..early marriage must be stop globally…but it is too impossible so lets paraphrase it lets minimize the case of early marriage…


  40. Kalyegira Juma

    3 years ago

    Early marriage is acommon issue in uganda, many a doloscents after failing to continue with studies they resort early marriage hoping it is the best optiton and thry end up geeeting seriopus problems . Many of them especially the girls die in labour. So all in all aearly marriagre is bad! By Juma Kalyegira Student of Uganda Christianit University. Mukono Uganda. Working as aradio Communicator.


  41. chiroma idris

    3 years ago

    what then is the possible and most lasting solution to early marriage?


  42. Juma Kalyegira

    3 years ago

    The best option of stopng early marriage is sending children to school. This is because many of the people who are in early marriages are likely to have un wanted pregnaces .In Uganda, many teenage pregnancies are not merely unplanned, but also unwanted, contributing significantly to an estimated 297,000 silent abortions annually. Because they are less likely to have access to legal and safe abortion, adolescents are estimated to account for over 14% of all unsafe abortions and remember abortion can lead to death! However we also need to sensitze the cooomunity on the dangers of early marriage and it takes the whole village to stop early marriage.Juma Kalyegira working with Straihgt talk foudation Uganda aged 21.


  43. raquel

    2 years ago

    well’ marriage is not a game
    , its a lifetime commitment


  44. ASIIMIRE ALLEN

    2 years ago

    most parents globally have got the same problem of which is poverty.they think the only way to fight poverty is to way their young daughters in marry and worst of it to old men,this has cropped into many problems to these young mothers.therefore for that matter parents send your children to schools ,let them graduate and i hope they can be able to create job themselves and ear a living for themselves and you included.thank respect children rights


  45. ASIIMIRE ALLEN

    2 years ago

    most parents globally have got the same problem of poverty.they think that the only way to fight poverty is to send away their young daughters in marry and worst of it to old men,this has cropped into many problems to these young mothers.therefore for that matter parents please send your children to schools ,let them graduate and i hope they can be able to create job themselves and earn a living for themselves and you included.thank respect children rights

    bachelor of guidance and counseling
    psychology
    kyambogo university
    p.o box 01
    kyambogo
    kampala
    uganda


  46. Galadima

    2 years ago

    for me the girls wait till 22 coz it the stage that even if she is the stage of pregnancy it will not affect her


  47. chenai

    2 years ago

    early marriages should be a crime. We all have right to education, over our bodies, to economic prosperity, and most of all a right to individual decision making. These are exercised early from childhood and observed right into adulthood. marriage is not a goal, there is life after marriage. Marriage is also for mature people and it is not a rush…….JUST GIVE GIRLS A CHANCE TO DO THINGS ON THEIR OWN!!!!!


  48. louisa

    1 year ago

    A dimacatn shld be placed btw early marriage n child abuse.chldabuse is a very bad practice in any community cos it is an entrenchment on d rit of d child who as result losses a sense of belonging n develop a feeln of neglects amongst other consequences .but early marriage involves someone above 18 who’s gat d rit to think,speak up n make decision .it’s important we learn dt early marriage is not bad provided one is NT forced into it,there’s ability to take up responsibilities (finance,maturity n love) n accommodation of educational progress n continuity .


  49. betty

    5 months ago

    This is the 21st. century and we must be talking of quality education for our girls rather than early marriage which has so many complications on their lives.

    Let us allow our girls to be girls, not mothers.


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