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Today We Learn About: Child Brides!

On April 16, 2008 I attended a screening of the documentary film, “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.” Following the screening there was a question and answer/discussion with the creator and driving force behind the film, Maria Hinojosa. This event was the final event in the “Bearing Witness” lecture series at Mount Holyoke College, and the goal the film was to shine a light on the marriage of young girls around the world, namely in Niger, India, and Guatemala. The film shows us that the issue is a very complex one, encompassing many factors such as cultural practices, family expectations, economic struggles, and the honor of the communities. The discussion after the film went in depth about some of the issues at hand, namely the root of the problem, what is being done to fix it, and some insight into what was filmed, but left out, of the documentary. This event was very interesting and engaging, and I chose it because I felt that, although there are certainly problems on our own shores that need to be addressed, I wanted to learn more about what is happening overseas. I was given the opportunity to see practices and culture that I would not have otherwise been exposed to, and I feel that without experiencing what the world has to offer as far as viewpoints go, we really cannot formulate accurate solutions to problems. That is, we must know what is wrong before we can fix it. Through this experience I have learned that no problem facing women, or anyone in this world is simple. There are always intersections, whether it is race/religion, gender/religion, class/gender, or class/religion, which must be addressed and dealt with before a true solution can arise. Continue reading

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