The Girl Effect

I came across her in a village deep within interior Maharashtra. She stood shyly near the door of her newly painted house. Splattered all over with blue paint she looked like a picture herself. I remember looking at her and thinking…Dear God…how long before this house is painted again for this child’s wedding, when she will be palmed off to another…a life changing transaction in which she will have no say. At puberty her father will; if he already has not; find a groom for her. The groom could be anyone from a child her age to an elderly man with children her age. She will be dressed and dolled in all possible bridal finery and for a few days be treated as special…maybe even human…in a family that dotes and worships the male child.

According to UNICEF’s estimates, over 64 million women aged 20–24 years were married or in union before the age of 18. So many childhoods lost…


2 Responses to “The Girl Effect”

  1. Like I’ve said before, what you do through yr pictures is so very interesting.

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