‘When I was 12, my father married me off to a 25-yearold man. I refused to go to his house. My parents beat me, but I refused to leave the family home.’
:- Rose, aged 46. Her resistance won out and she is now married to the man she loves.
Here Amnesty International says
While life remains difficult and unequal for women in Burkina Faso, there are signs that change is on the way.
In February, the government announced its commitment to eradicating early and forced marriage in the country – an abusive practice where girls are married either before they’re 16, or made to marry against their will.
Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Civic Promotion put out a statement saying that it plans to raise the legal age of marriage for girls to 18. The ministry also plans to ensure that forced marriage is clearly outlawed in Burkina Faso’s criminal code.
I really hate how they call it child marriage. If they called it what it really is, the sexual exploitation of children, then more people would be as angry about it as they should be about it.