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Norway highlights child marriage. In two days, Thea will be walking down the aisle of Kulturkirken Jakob, in Oslo. It’s expected to be a big wedding. There are currently 6,300 attendees on the Facebook invitation page. But they are not attending to celebrate the union; they are going to stop it. Thea is only 12 years old. The wedding is part of a larger action to gather attention around the issue of child marriage. More than 70 million women alive today were married before the age of 18, according to UNICEF. Over one out of three was married before they hit 15.

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Norway highlights child marriage

Published on Thursday, 9th October, 2014 at 20:33 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last Updated on 17th October 2014 at 16:44.

In two days, Thea will be walking down the aisle of Kulturkirken Jakob, in Oslo. It’s expected to be a big wedding.

Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo
The venue of Saturday's wedding.Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo
Photo: Dcastor/Wikimedia Commons


There are currently 6,300 attendees on the Facebook invitation page. But they are not attending to celebrate the union; they are going to stop it. Thea is only 12 years old.

The wedding is part of a larger action to gather attention around the issue of child marriage. More than 70 million women alive today were married before the age of 18, according to UNICEF. Over one out of three was married before they hit 15.

Plan Norge is the organization behind the awareness campaign. It is a local branch of the global organization Plan, which engages in the child-focused development and assistance initiative.

“We want to show how terribly wrong a child marriage is by putting a tragic practice into a setting that we normally associate with love, happiness and hope for the future,” stated Plan Norge’s Secretary General Olaf Thommessen on their website.

The organization launched a fictitious blog (in Norwegian only) during the month leading up to the wedding in which the child-bride-to-be documented her plans and thoughts about marrying Geir, a man 25 years her senior.

The site gained a lot of attention, harbouring more than half-a-million readers and becoming Norway’s most read blog after just one day.

“We think it’s good that people get provoked, because reality can be provocative,” stated Mr Thommessen.

A Snapchat account was also created for readers to send in their questions such as ‘Is Geir good looking?’ and ‘How did you meet Geir?’ to Thea.

Thea raises her own issues throughout the process, questioning her limitations, her education, and the ability of her juvenile body to bear children.

The blog also recounts the real life stories of four girls, Sadia, Sharina, Ranya and Latifa, who come from Bangladesh and Tanzania. They have allowed Plan to document their lives in an effort to stop the practice for present and future generations.

Thea’s 'wedding' will take place on Saturday the 11th of October at Oslo’s Kulturkirken Jakob between 2 pm to 3 pm, the International Day of the Girl Child.




Published on Thursday, 9th October, 2014 at 20:33 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last updated on 17th October 2014 at 16:44.

This post has the following tags: children, forcedmarriage, oslo, un, plan.





  
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