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Marriage between a 12-year-old girl and 37-year-old man sparks outcry

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A 12-year-old girl from Norway is set to marry a 37-year-old man, which has caused public outcry. 

The underage marriage has sparked wide anger across the whole of Norway, which is the first of its kind in the Scandinavian country.

Child bride

Child bride Thea is documenting her story on her blog, which you can read here, and discusses regular bridal conumdrums such as where she should get married, what she should wear as her wedding dress and whether or not she should have children. 

The blog has become so popular that it became the most-read blog in the whole of Norway over the course of a day, with many people contacting the authorities to stop her plans of marrying someone 25 years her senior.

Child bride Thea in her wedding dress

But it just so happens that Thea's wedding day falls Saturday 11th October - the same day as the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child. Because, as you might have guessed, this isn't a real wedding. 

In fact, it was a way to raise awareness about the plight of many girls all over the world, who are forced into marrying men much older than themselves. As many as 39,000 everyday are forced into marriages.

Child bride Thea with her rings
Child bride Thea

Children's development charity Plan International launched the campaign to highlight the shocking reality of underage brides. A spokesperson for the charity said: "We believe that provocation is a powerful tool in order to demonstrate a reality that truly is very provoking. We hope people will mobilise against child marriage by being girl sponsors, so that most of the girls facing Thea’s situation every day can escape their brutal fate."

You can digitally attend the wedding and support the campaign to stop child marriages by ‘donating your voice’ to the website stoppbryllupet.no.

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