Even in modern Britain, there are many factors that can put a child at risk of being pressured into an early marriage, including poverty, family traditions, customary or religious laws that promote the practice, and an inadequate legislative framework. Because of these factors, for many children in the UK marriage is a bleak reality.
Child marriage is quite simply a human rights violation. Child brides face huge challenges; they are isolated with limited freedom and often completely disempowered. They are deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety, and are subject to an increased risk of mortality through childbirth, and of physical and sexual violence.
#OnlyAGirl aims to educate about the issue, and encourage people around the country to help put an end to this barbaric practice by signing a petition to support a change in current legislation which raise the minimum age to 18 and criminalise the act of child marriage.