Beirut Marathon Runs Against Child Marriage
ABAAD, Esposa, OXFAM, UNICEF and Rotana joined efforts to run against child marriage at the Beirut International Marathon 2014. The team consisted of over 200 people, a number of whom wore symbolic wedding dresses, while other carried banners and called for an end to child marriage, coupled with legal protection for both girls and boys from early and forced marriage. During the event, the team of runners promoted the following messages:
- Marriage after the age of 18 protects the girl’s right to education;
- Marriage after the age of 18 significantly reduces the risks on the health and lives of both the girl and the foetus;
- Marriage after the age of 18 enables the girl to access decent work in adulthood;
- Marriage after the age of 18 enables the girl to better protect herself and her children.