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“The Girl Store” Campaign Sheds Light On India’s Child Marriage Problem

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Today in India is a celebration called Akshaya Tritiya, a Hindu and Jain holy day which is marked by mass marriages. But human rights supporters in India, such as UNICEF, are using the day to draw attention to a less jubilant topic: child brides. Child marriage is officially illegal in India, but that hasn’t stopped too many families from marrying off their young daughters ages 5 to 12 to older “grooms” — which is another way of saying sex slavery. Today, the Wall Street Journal points out one of the more controversial of the anti-child marriage campaigns, called The Girl Store, a website set up to look like an online retailer that advertises “100 percent genuine girls. Young. Innocent. And available. Experience the sensation of buying a girl.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: U.S. House Could Not Pass Anti-Child Marriage Bill

  • A bill to further protect girls around the world from child marriage failed to pass the House of Representatives yesterday, despite unanimously passing in the Senate. According to The Washington Post, some members of Congress had circulated memos urging people not to support the bill because it would “overturn pro-life laws.” However, the words “abortion” and “family planning” were not mentioned anywhere within the bill. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who sponsored the bill, said: “The action on the House floor stopping the Child Marriage bill tonight will endanger the lives of millions of women and girls around the world. These young girls, enslaved in marriage, will be brutalized and many will die when their young bodies are torn apart while giving birth. Those who voted to continue this barbaric practice brought shame to Capitol Hill.” Frankly, I’m disgusted right now. [Washington Post]
  • Air New Zealand will be taking down a billboard which reads “Fares lower than your grandma’s boobs” after complaints that it is sexist and ageist. [Stuff NZ]

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