“I believe when you learn, you’ll reach your dreams, but when you marry too young, you lose the chance to achieve
your dreams,” says Safa, a 15-year-old girl from Yemen.
Safa is involved in a UNFPA-sponsored Girl Guides programme,
one of many partnerships between the Fund and government, social and religious groups that work to raise awareness about the consequences of early marriage for girls,
including the health risks of early pregnancy, lost developmental opportunities and limited life options.
Safa and others take part in a range of activities—crafts,
sports, arts, and education about reproductive health and social issues. After five years in the programme, she is confident and eager to speak to her friends and family about what
she’s learned, especially with regard to early marriage. While many of her peers have no choice but to marry young, she has other plans: “I want to be a lawyer—the most famous lawyer in
all of Yemen.” See Sources