One girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

She must get a bit tired don’t you think?

21 thoughts on “Blimey”

  1. Oddly enough, according to the Save the Children report the “worst countries in which to be a girl” all have predominantly muslim populations. The exception is the Central African Republic which is only 15% muslim.

    When Bokassa was in charge there and it styled itself the Central African Empire, there was the additional risk for children of being eaten by the president.

    So that’s progress of a sort.

  2. “Early marriage not only deprives girls of education and opportunities but increases the risk of death or childbirth injuries if they have babies before their bodies are ready”

    And what are they going to be educated in? What does a guy or girl in Afghanistan need beyond the education of a 14 year old? Are there lots of opportunities for people with a BA in semiotics in Kandahar?

  3. BiW. Isn’t the goal simple literacy? If mum can read and write, then she can teach her children, and everyone wins. Then there’s “home economics”. Stuff on basic nutrition, hygeine and health care for the family.

  4. I note that the key component dragging Britain down is the lack of female MPs. Of course, when you see the Abbots, Dodges and Thornberrys of this world (and some of the Tories are almost as egregious), you do wonder whether it takes a specific breed of nasty to make it as a female politician therefore having fewer of them, while not “equality”, is actually good for society.

    I also note that we appear to have a dollop of “child marriage” in there. I’m not so sure that this is from our “very diverse communities” as much as them picking 18 as the defining age.

  5. From the report:

    In El Salvador the legal framework (the Family Code) allows girls to be married if parents/caregivers approve the union if a girl is pregnant or has children.

    The unspeakable horror. We must do something about this immediately.

    El Salvador is strongly Catholic? Magdalen Laundries for the lot of them!

  6. Bloke in Japan,

    “BiW. Isn’t the goal simple literacy? ”

    I’m all in favour of formal education. Girls and boys going to school precisely because mum can’t read. And also because parents don’t always know how to teach.

    The problem with the likes of Save the Children is that they’ve been infested with this stupid middle class mantra that education, in almost anything, is good. And it’s not. It has opportunity costs. Abdul can’t tend to the opium poppy crop if he’s doing a course in women’s studies. Between picking opium poppies and women’s studies, you need a few other steps – maybe learning how to maintain a tractor so he can pick poppies quicker, or learning more advanced agriculture to increase the yield. Then learning how to build better roads.

  7. What age is suitable for international comparisons – 16? 17? 18? Higher? (I’ve seen people married in their mid 20s get told off for “marrying too young”, can’t make such long-term decisions until you’ve lived a bit and matured, etc…)

    14 or 15 year olds marrying doesn’t sound sensible to me, even if it were a choice freely entered into – which with people that age, it quite probably isn’t.

    But should the UK raise the age to 18? That would be denying autonomy to 17 year olds, even if we thought there choice wasn’t sensible. And with the law as it is here, there’s nothing to stop them shacking up without tying the knot at that age.

    Not really sure what the “right” age is. I don’t think that English law has it egregiously wrong but maybe I’m comfortable with it simply because I’m used to it.

  8. Their* choice, obviously. (So obviously, I wonder at what point phone autocorrect will actually start correcting it?)

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    The British government does pretty much all it can to encourage 15 year olds to have sex in the UK. That means there is a reasonable number of pregnancies leading to a reasonable number of abortions.

    How is this an improvement?

    I don’t see an early marriage as ideal but it sure beats a degree in women’s studies. We educate women too much.

  10. SMFS – must have missed the bit about government doing all it can to encourage 15 year olds to have sex. Perhaps they are really bad at encouraging that age group?

  11. SMFS
    If we had men teaching boys not to get married, there would be an outcry. Yet it is perfectly OK for women who have decided to shuffle paper instead of babies teaching girls that this should be their goal in life too.

  12. She must get a bit tired don’t you think?

    If Donald Trump had made that joke half of Washington would have peed its pants and the other half would have fainted.

    Timmy, you’re unfit to be POTUS.

  13. It’s terrible, shocking and a scandal right up until they arrive on these shores, whereupon the usual suspects will fight to let them stay here using the “right to a family life” under the HRA.

  14. Today is apparently International day of the girl child. Perhaps we could Save the Children of Rotherham, Oxford, etc first?

    A list of UN Observances, including:

    Female Genital Mutilation, Women and Girls in science, Women, Obstetric Fistula, Parents, Children victims of aggression, Elders, Widows, Indigenous people, Youth, Older Persons, Girl child, Rural women, Children, Elimination of violence against women, Oceans, Albinos, Yoga, Jazz, Nelson Mandella, Friendship, Tourism, Rabies, Teachers, Statistics, Toilets.

  15. Roue le Jour

    Oddly a relative of mine has been fiercely opposed to marriage (perhaps rather to her partner’s chagrin) since a teacher at her all-girls school told her marriage was an obsolete, sexist and woman-shackling system. The teacher was a middle-aged man…

  16. And whenever anyone asks her why she is so opposed, she always references that teacher’s speech. So much for encouraging the young ladies to think for themselves…

  17. So Much For Subtlety

    Martin – “must have missed the bit about government doing all it can to encourage 15 year olds to have sex. Perhaps they are really bad at encouraging that age group?”

    Really? Were you paying attention? They are not doing that badly as Britain has the highest rate of teen sexual activity in the developed world. I think 40% of 15 year olds claim to be having sex.

    Roue le Jour – “If we had men teaching boys not to get married, there would be an outcry. Yet it is perfectly OK for women who have decided to shuffle paper instead of babies teaching girls that this should be their goal in life too.”

    It is strange. Especially as there is little evidence boys want to get married, and a lot of evidence that girls do. What is more, there is not a lot of evidence that you can turn girls into second rate copies of men and even more than trying to do so makes them miserable. Western women have become more unhappy since the 1950s and now record numbers are on various sorts of mental health medications. Time to say stop. We should have a simple programme for women – Kinder, Küche, Kirche

  18. So Much For Subtlety

    MyBurningEars – “Oddly a relative of mine has been fiercely opposed to marriage (perhaps rather to her partner’s chagrin) since a teacher at her all-girls school told her marriage was an obsolete, sexist and woman-shackling system. The teacher was a middle-aged man…”

    What most people would call grooming I expect. To how many of the prettier girls did he explain that a much better life style choice was having sex with random men, especially middle aged teachers?

  19. SMFS

    I wondered myself if he was just a bitter divorcee and was trying to prevent as many marriages as possible…

    Though oddly he claimed that marriage/divorce tended to disadvantage women financially, which goes rather against the received wisdom of a woman’s rights and finances being better protected in the case of divorce than the end of a cohabitation.

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