|Flying Broom Association: Child Brides Phase 2|
Grantee: Flying Broom Association
Purpose: Increasing information and experience sharing nationally and internationally to fight against child marriages
Grant Amount: 250.000 TLPeriod: 6 July 2012 – 6 July 2013
In Turkey, 32% of girls are married before 18 (Source: TUIK, 2006). A global problem; child marriages, predominantly take place in South Asia where 46% of girls are married before they reach 18. Child marriage rates are 66% in Bangladesh, 39% in Afghanistan and 47% in India (Source: UNICEF, 2011).
“In India and Bangladesh, we learned the importance of setting local mechanisms into motion in order to succeed. We, as the Flying Broom Association haven’t done much local work, because in an enormous country like Turkey, it’s impossible for us to reach every local mechanism, even on a consulting level. What we learned in India and Bangladesh was that we’ll go but we have to return later; there should be a local mechanism to keep this work going continually. That’s what they’re working for in India and Bangladesh, and we entered that local mechanism. In other words, if we’re unable to find an institution to follow this issue in every city, there’s no way we can fully succeed.”
“The platform served as a general wake-up call to many institutions working in various areas on the issue of child marriage. Through the platform, the issue of child brides ceased to be a problem addressed by only a few women’s associations, and became a subject of concern to organizations working in a wide variety of fields.”