Social dialogue to stop child marriage
A young Nepalese woman is bettering the lives of young child brides-to-be by changing cultural norms with social dialogue.
Rachana Sunar grew-up in a Nepali village where she was told by her parents that she would marry a man she had never met, according to an article in The Guardian. Able to escape her proposed marriage, Sunar is now helping children in less favorable situations.
Spearheading the group called Sambad (dialogue), the group’s centre is able to reach young people, boys and girls, to work together to raise awareness about different issues affecting the country under the motto, “young people are the backbone of the society.”
“The greatest inspirations were the challenges I experienced in my own life,” said Sunar. Her experiences with an abusive father made her determined to demonstrate to the community why “girls are just as valuable as boys.”
In Nepal, more than 40 percent of girls under the age of 18 are forced into early adulthood through marriage. Sunar continues to better educate herself to help others. To learn more about Sunar and the Sambad group: [www.theguardian.com]
Photo by Philip Maher: Two young Nepalese girls smile as they attend a program at one of CCFC's child-friendly spaces, outside of Kathmandu.