As we were talking about in class, marriage and the family have a variety of definitions. A family to some is a living with parents who are married, to others it’s living with friends. The many different opinions on the subject really opened my eyes to certain things. Women and men are pressured into marriage as they get closer and closer to the appropriate age. But what if you are not pressured into marriage, but forced into it?
I came across an article about a week ago and I was in complete shock after reading just the title: “Afghan Girl, 6, Rescued from Child Bride Fate; Countless Others not so Lucky.” The 6-year-old girl was to be sold for marriage so her dad can pay off his $2,500 debt. Her father borrowed the money so he can pay the hospital for his family’s treatments, but he couldn’t pay it back, so his daughter’s fate rested in his hands. Luckily for her, an anonymous person paid off her father’s debt. Unfortunately she was one of the hundreds of afghani girls who must put up with this. A female member of parliament by the name of Fawzia Kofi stated in the article, ““I’m sure there are worse cases we don’t even know about,” she said. “Early marriage and forced marriage are the two most common forms of violent behavior against women and girls.” After reading this I feel truly blessed that I will never be put in that position. We tend to think of the ways we can convince our parents or friends that we want to hold off marriage, or not get married at all, but we take it for granted that others in the world do not have that choice at all. Even if marriage is a priority, we always picture our “happy” futures in our homes and white picket fences. It is really sad that girls being forced into marriage at such a young age won’t be able to even picture their future in the same way.