In time for the celebration of International Women’s Day, UNICEF has released a 93-second video depicting the sad reality of child brides all over the world.
The video underlines the picture of a bride preparing for her wedding, only to find out that the bride is a young girl. Although the video was set in a western style wedding, it speaks about the global trend being practiced in some parts of the world, including India, Africa, and parts of the Middle East.
Data from UNICEF, as reported by Daily Mail, reveal that at least 41,000 girls below 18 are forced to marry older men. The short video underscores the reality of child brides in a bid to raise global awareness.
Salmey Bebert, a child protection specialist for UNICEF, in a report from the Daily Mail, said that the video aims to stir the topic of child brides into mainstream conversations. Globally, at least 15 million girls marry before the age of 18.
Bebert said that the video was based on the story of Samia, her real name withheld, who at the age of ten was forced to marry an older man. Apart from years of domestic abuse, Samia suffered stillbirth when she delivered her baby at the age of 14.
“Her father decided his daughter would get married. So ten-year-old Samia married a man in his thirties, marking the beginning of a three-year-long living nightmare. Samia was repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted by her husband. When she wasn’t being abused, her mother-in-law forced her to work,” Bebert was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
Since its release on Tuesday in time for International Women’s Day, the video has reached at least five million views worldwide, the CBN News reports.