02 May 16
Myleene is met young girls who have been forced into marriage in rural Tanzania. The harrowing tales of these child brides, some as young as 13, being pushed into the arms of older men and surviving both sexual and physical abuse, is moving the radio personality to tears.
“These girls are being discriminated against simply because of where they’re born and their gender. It’s tragic that they are being traded for cows or money, kicked out of their homes and schools, ostracised by their communities and facing such violence.
“Today, Save the Children is launching a new global campaign, Every Last Child, which aims to end discrimination in all of its forms. Here in Tanzania, I’ve seen how discrimination against girls can even be deadly. Girls who are forced into early marriage face increased rates of maternal mortality and HIV/Aids.
“As a mother of two, I am so saddened by the horrendous reality that these young girls face.”
Save the Children is working with the government in Tanzania to change relevant laws and enforce a minimum marriage age of 18 through its campaign, Every Last Child. The campaign is to ensure 15 million children have an equal opportunity to survive and benefit from access to healthcare and education regardless of who they are or where they live.
The campaign is calling on decision makers at the household, local, national and international levels to ensure barriers that prevent the poorest children from accessing life-saving services are eliminated.
Photos Sasha Nicholl / Save the Children