These stories were kindly shared by our member Flying Broom.
“I study paediatrics. I had a friend who studied at the vocational school of health. She got married at an early age and now she has children. She works as a dishwasher at a hospital.” Malatya, high school student
We don’t have any idea about where to go if we are forced to get married. No one teaches that in school.Trabzon, High school student
“We don’t have any idea about where to go if we are forced to get married. No one teaches that in school. It’s only lessons that they talk about. We are truly alien to this subject right now. The things you utter, attorney general and so on, we have no idea about these.” Trabzon, high school student
“I have a cousin one year younger than me. She is engaged. She set a goal to get married. Her mind was blurred by the image of marriage at this early age. She believes it is the right thing to do. One can only become mature at the age of 22, anyone below that age is a child. What can anyone do with a child’s mind?" Ağrı, high school student.
In the time it has taken to read this article 12 girls under the age of 18 have been married
Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
That is 23 girls every minute
Nearly 1 every 3 seconds