Forced marriage is, unfortunately, a grave reality in many communities around the world. It has become a social phenomenon and a common practise in several developing countries, and is often a result of cultural, religious and even economic reasons that disproportionately affects girls and women.
As forced marriages are often unofficial and undocumented, specific and reliable statistics on forced marriage are difficult to come by. But it is heartening to see groups and collectives relentlessly working to end this human rights violation. In the 2015/16 grant-making cycle alone, FRIDA received forty-one applications from groups seeking funding to address forced marriage in their communities.
As part of a new ongoing series, we are proud to share with you this report on what five of our grantee groups have been able to achieve in their work to eliminate the practice of forced marriage.