As long as it exists, child marriage will stand the way of gender equality.
Its driven by socio-cultural beliefs that accord girls little value, we need extensive legal and social change to make it happen; and it can be done even though it may seem impossible.
Poverty, fears about safety of the girl child or lack of other existing options are reasons why the girl child is being abused and violated. And these fears exist simply because they are girls.
Due to the way they are being brought up, the female gender are becomes vulnerable to all forms of violence and abuse.
And the culture of silence makes it hard for them to speak out.
They don’t know who to talk to, who will listen to them, who will understand them or who will stand with them.
Thus; the Girl child, the woman ends up living in her own wold of pain and hurt inflicted by the very society that should love and protect her.
Well, it is time for us to together to liberate women and girls from the cultural and traditional dungeones they have been incaretetd in.
Because it is only together that we can bring great change and save the furture generation.
Early marriage is long past its time; we should let it go and step unto bigger and better things, for our sakes, and thats of the future yet unborn.
Is a Nigerian writer and freelance Journalist