Today, April 16th, we take a silent stand for those whose voices are muffled by those who oppress them.
Today was my first time participating in Me To We’s annual campaign, We Are Silent. As an extremely expressive person, it has been challenging for me to stay silent for a whole day (19hrs down, 5 more to go). Unfortunately, when you’re in high school, you have to make some exceptions. In my grade and also in some clubs I’m actively part of, I have to participate. Therefore, I only wrote things down if necessary. During this day, you do not respond when spoken to, you do not raise your hand to ask a question and you don’t try to attract anyone’s attention. Ultimately, you turn invisible.
That’s how billions of people feel every single day. No one hears them, no one notices them, no one cares about them.
It’s an extremely troubling feeling to experience. Although, it is also so important to know how they feel, so that we can do something about it.
“Today, I am silent for the 14 million girls around the world who are forced to marry before their 18th birthday and as a result, must drop out of school.”
That was my reason to be silent. In the developing world, 1/9 girls are married before their 18th birthday and some child brides are as young as eight or nine. The notion almost always results in the girl’s removal from school. What families don’t realize, is by taking away their daughters education, they are only keeping the cycle of poverty in motion. In some countries, it’s tradition. They believe that by combining two families, there’s more security and income. it also may settle a debt that one family owes to another. Most child marriages almost always result in abusive and sometimes deadly consequences.
If you’d like to learn more on this tragic matter, I urge you to watch this short documentary.
Why are you silent?