In celebration of International Day of the Girl, We Talk Women is screening a film called Difret. Inspired by a true story, the film features a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband.
Millions of girls around the globe are impacted by child marriage, here are a few facts*.
- 15 million girls are married before their 18th birthday each year. Some girls are as young as 8 or 9.
- Pregnancy and childbirth complications are among the leading causes of death in girls aged 15 to 19 in low and middle-income countries.*Statistics taken from Girls Not Brides.
Child marriage often results in lack of access to personal growth and development, education, health and safety. In order to shed some light on this complex issue, the film screening will be followed by a line up of speakers. Each speaker represents an organization doing significant work to combat child marriage.
Nadine Grant, Director of Programs at Plan Canada
Eleanor Hevey, International Policy Specialist at UNICEF Canada
Dominique LaRochelle, Senior Gender Equality Advisor at Save the Children
Join us for an inspiring evening of meaningful learning and discussion. And learn how you can help girls be girls, not brides!
Registration is free but please pay what you can at the door. Suggested donation is $5.