Monday, March 10, 2014

Child Marriage Lesson

Read in class:
Divorced Before Puberty, By Nicholas Kristof

The answers to the questions below can be found in the following links:
Council on Foreign Relations Child Marriage

PBS: Child Marriage, What We Know.

Girls Not Brides

Girls not Brides (What is the impact?)

Girls not Brides Infographic


1.How many girls will marry before adulthood before the end of this decade?
2. Name the three regions of the world where the problem of child marriage most frequently persists?
3. In terms of numbers, 40% of all child marriages occur in what country?
4. True or False? Girls from urban areas are more likely to be child brides than girls from rural areas.
5. True or False? Most child brides are from poor families.
6. True or False? Mexico is listed in the top ten countries for child brides.
7. True or False? Child brides are more likely to describe their first sexual experience as forced.
8. True or False? Girls who give birth are 5 times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s.
9. True or False? Improving girls’ access to quality schooling will increase girls’ chances of gaining a secondary education and helps to delay marriage. When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries on average four years later.
10. List three economic reasons families marry off their young daughters.
11.What are two common health problems for girls who marry young?
12.What effect does child marriage have on a girl's education?
13. How does child marriage contribute to the cycle of poverty?
14. Can social media be used to help solve this problem? Explain.
15. List two solutions you found in the resources linked above.

Additional Resources:

Too Young to Wed (National Geographic Main Article)
Too Young to Wed Photogallery

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Half the Sky Movement
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