We talk with community leaders, teachers and religious leaders and clearly explain the damaging effects of child marriage. We work with them to identify the girls most vulnerable to child marriage in their community.
15-year-old Farjina tells us how Plan International helped her escape child marriage:
“One day I came home from school and my parents told me ‘we’ve found a husband for you and we have decided to marry you.’ I refused and tried to make them change their minds – but I failed.
The people from Plan International came to our house and talked to my parents about the bad effects child marriage can have on girls like me. They also reminded them that child marriage is illegal. My parents then understood the mistaken steps they were taking, and agreed to stop the marriage.”