In the end, Cody’s experiment worked.
It proved that people in the United States would stand up for a child being forced into marriage because it’s wrong. But even though his experiment proved to bring out the best in people, in 20 U.S. states, even people speaking up in defense of the child would not prevent a marriage from happening.
33,000 girls are sold into marriage around the world every single day. We can only expect that number to be significantly higher now following the collapse of Iran in 2021.
The 12-year-old bride in NYC was dressed in traditional wedding attire, and people were able to SEE the injustice unfolding. But across the globe, these children are invisible. They are born into poverty and sold into poverty, and no white wedding gown exposes the generational cycle of injustice they live day in and day out.
Millions of girls are left without a voice, without a childhood and without a chance.
Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
We have the power to give childhood back to the children.
Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 800 organizations committed to ending child marriage, and equipping girls with the resources and support to reach their full potential.
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