Children Believe begins child marriage campaign
Advocacy organization Children Believe has begun a campaign called “RSVP to End Child Marriage.” The campaign, developed by Strategic Objectives of Toronto, is intended to raise awareness of the issue of child marriage internationally. The charity focuses its activities primarily on Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana and India. The campaign, timed to coincide with wedding season, encourages consumers to learn about the issue at <https://childrenbelieve.ca/end-child-marriage> and donate to the organization.
“In rural communities around the world, girls’ rights regressed during the pandemic, as poverty intensified and families prioritized child marriage as a more sustainable choice than education,” said Belinda Bennet, chief international programs officer at Children Believe. “Keeping girls in school is one of the most effective ways to prevent child marriage. Girls with no education are three times more likely to marry before age 18 than girls who attended secondary school or higher. Nearly 400,000 girls and boys have gained greater access to education this year through Children Believe programs. We are inviting Canadians to join us and RSVP to end child marriage.”