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    Prayers Do Matter

    March 3, 2017 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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    Issues Women Face, Marriage

    Praying More Effectively To End Child Marriage

    Child marriage is an ongoing problem, particularly in the developing world. Child marriage is generally defined as the marriage of a boy or girl under the age of 18. In some countries, girls are married as young as 7 or 8 years of age. The consequences of child marriage for girls are devastating. Child marriage is common through sub-Saharan Africa, Niger, Chad and other African countries, though the largest number of child brides are in South Asia where an appalling 46% of girls are married before the age of 18.


    The UN reports that 37,000 girls under the age of 18 are married each day.

    The International Women’s Health Coalition estimates that more than 140 million girls will be married before the age of 18 in the next decade.

    Why We Should Care!

    There are a variety of consequences that flow from child marriage that are detrimental to society. A girl forced into marriage before 18 often has to quit school either because they’re married or due to early pregnancy. Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth or suffer pregnancy-related injuries than women in their 20s. Babies born to young girls are 60% more likely to die in the first year of infancy than those born to mothers older than 18.

    There’s an immense power imbalance present in child marriage which makes young girls vulnerable to abuse, poverty, and sexually transmitted disease like HIV/Aids. Because they’re forced to leave school young, the resulting lack of education (as noted above) and advocacy significantly decreases a woman’s earning potential, access to social programs and civil rights, and knowledge of personal hygiene and basic health care.

    How To Pray

    Pray for legislation to change making child marriage illegal.

    Pray that once legislation is in place, advocates and media educate the population of the dangers and consequences of child marriage. Pray for judges and police to enforce the legislation and prosecute those who violate the legislation.

    Pray for a champion in each country. We have seen the difference even one influential person can make in fighting child marriage. The story below, published in 2016, has influenced the change in legislation in Malawi. One person CAN make a difference.

    Theresa Kachindamoto, the terminator of child marriages – a female chief in Malawi ends 850 child marriages. (Read the story here)

    Celebrate with us in this answer to prayer:

    Malawi parliament adopts amendment to end child marriage (Read more...)