North Jakarta teen speaks about dangers of child marriage at UN event

Minggu 19 Juli 2020

Zahra, a 14-year-old junior high school student who hails from the slums of North Jakarta, spoke at a United Nations dialogue about her concerns over child marriage in Indonesia.

“I told the panel about a close friend of mine who got married when she was 14, back in 2015. Her husband was also 14 years old. They got married because she got pregnant,” Zahra told The Jakarta Post by videoconference on Monday.

“Now they are 19, and their [first] child is already 5 years old. They now have three kids,” she added.

Zahra said that she was saddened that her friend had to drop out of school and get married.

“Every child, including girls, has the right to an education and a good future,” she said. 

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