Child marriage marks the beginning of frequent and unprotected sex, often leading to an early and risky first pregnancy. Girls and women everywhere have the right to live free from violence and discrimination.
Child marriage marks the beginning of frequent and unprotected sex, often leading to an early and risky first pregnancy. Girls and women everywhere have the right to live free from violence and discrimination. Photo: Jessica Lea/UK Department for International Development/Flickr CC BY 2.0.

Marriage is essentially a blessed institution, but its place in society is gravely compromised by people, mostly greedy men, who have turned their daughters into commodities for sale in which, by and large, livestock is the currency.

30 March 2014. El Fasher: (Left to right) Ihlas Mohamed, Nephisa Ahmed, Hayat Chambad, Hawa Osmani, Fathia Omar and Manahil Adam are students and teachers of the Midwifery School in El Fasher, North Darfur. They all recently signed a pledge to stop the practice of female genital mutilation in Darfur.
Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID / Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
30 March 2014. El Fasher: (Left to right) Ihlas Mohamed, Nephisa Ahmed, Hayat Chambad, Hawa Osmani, Fathia Omar and Manahil Adam are students and teachers of the Midwifery School in El Fasher, North Darfur. They all recently signed a pledge to stop the practice of female genital mutilation in Darfur. Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID / Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

FGM is still widespread in some regions of the African continent and around the world. In Tanzania noted in the regions of Mara, Dodoma, Singida, Kilimanjaro, Manyara and Arusha regions, where thousands of young girls are mutilated annually. This is despite the efforts of civil society and, to some extent, the government in fighting the barbaric practice.