Meet Thea, a 12-year-old girl from Norway who (many think) is to be married to her 37-year-old fiance, Geir. In her blog, Theas Bryllup (‘Thea’s Wedding’ in Norwegian), Thea details every step in the lead up to her marriage this month, from the dress she’ll wear to the cake the newly married couple will cut together at their reception.
Her blog has caused outrage not only in Norway but around the world, but there’s something you should know: this isn’t a real wedding and 12-year-old Thea is not a real bride. The blog has been created to raise awareness of the fact that 39,000 children around the world are forced into marriage every single day. According to the charity behind the blog, Plan International, if the practice continues, 142 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday.
The campaign has started a petition in Norway against child marriage and says: ‘We believe that provocation is a powerful tool in order to demonstrate a reality that truly is very provoking. We hope people will mobilise against child marriage by being girl sponsors, so that most of the girls facing Thea’s situation every day can escape their brutal fate’.
Via The Independent