FIGHTING CHILD MARRIAGE

OTB Foundation, with Viktor&Rolf , supports VOW for Girls, a growing global movement born with the aim of ending the crisis of international child marriage.

OTB FOUNDATION AND VIKTOR&ROLF TO SUPPORT VOW FOR GIRLS

The project aims to combat the phenomenon of child brides by protecting the rights of girls and providing education, vocational training, and vital skills so that girls can be independent architects of their future.

Early marriage impacts the lives of child brides at 360 degrees: these girls are more at risk of experiencing a series of health problems, having children at an early age, dropping out of school, earning less in their lifetime, and living in poverty than their peers who marry at an older age. These dynamics affect not only the girls themselves, but also their children, families, communities, and societies.

In the poorest countries, giving their daughters in marriage represents not only an additional source of income, thanks to the dowry that will be paid, but also the possibility of reducing family expenses, having one less person to feed, dress, and educate. Often, in cases of extreme poverty, giving one’s daughter in marriage is the only way for the surviving family.

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