At Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation, we know that neglecting the reality of child marriages in Africa and across the world leads to devastating consequences. We advocate for girls because they are the future of the next generation of women.
If girls and women don’t know how to fight for their rights or why they should fight for their rights, the world will continue to be unjust and have a blatant disregard for females. At WBHF, we believe that women are human too and need to be heard! This is why educating and advocating for the girl on their basic human rights can never be neglected.
While some parts of the world may be okay with the marginalization of women and girls, we need to show these girls that this is not the truth about who they are or how their lives should play out. There is vast opportunity for everyone and women should be a part of it too and so we say #wearetired because we are tired of seeing women not being given their due justice. We are tired of seeing our young girls being given away in marriage when they have not even reached an age to give full consent to any form of sexual relationships. We are tired of seeing young girls being unable to reach their full potential because their lives got cut short even before it started. We are tired of being silent about violent acts against girls and women.
The lifestyle of giving away young girls in marriage is a patriarchal archetype that thrives on silence. The silence of young girls that don’t know their rights or are too afraid to fight for them, the silence of young girls who don’t know anything about starting a family but yet have to because they are forced into such settings prematurely.
Child marriage is a vast violation of Human Rights and we stand against it through the #Girlsnotwives campaign. We are breaking the silence with #GirlsNotWives, a campaign run by the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation to fight against challenges faced by young females, challenges like child marriage and sexual violence. Through the campaign, we educate the girl, fight for gender equality and empower women to protect the rights of their young children.