The Enslavement of Girls in Nigeria

By: Molly Lomenzo

Deep-rooted traditions and conservative religious beliefs continue to ruin the lives of young girls in Nigeria (AP photo).

Deep-rooted traditions and conservative religious beliefs continue to ruin the lives of young girls in Nigeria (AP photo).

I just had to post this as soon as I read it. It describes the extremely dire situation of girls in Nigeria who continue to be married off at 15 or younger, despite a national law that forbids marriage before 18. FMM, marital rape, forced births, and lack of education plague these young women. I related to it immediately because I am in a Women in Islam class and this article references *male* leaders– like one particular senator–who say that these practices are entrenched in Islam and that nobody who doesn’t intimately know the religion could possible persuade him to punish offenders or support these child brides.

Please read more if you are interested: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-09-06-00-nigerias-child-brides-in-bondage 

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