Eleni’s Story: Child Bride Returned to School

Link to "Wedded to an Education"
Link to “Wedded to an Education”

Child marriage is common place in Ethiopia; where two in every five girls are married before their 18th birthday and nearly one in five girls are married before the age of 15.

In the Amhara region, where Eleni lives, the picture is even bleaker – almost half of all girls are married by the age of 15. Early marriage is a deep rooted tradition in many Ethiopian communities, perpetuated by poverty, a limited chance for education and economic opportunities, and social customs that limit the rights of women and girls. In the case of Eleni, her parent’s decision to marry their daughter to a man five years older than her was for financial reasons (linked above).”

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