11-Year-Old Who Said 'No' To Her Child Marriage Starts A Movement Lots Are Getting Behind

They're bringing the issues into the limelight.

Every country has its problems, but people in India are using social media to speak up and raise awareness for the issues faced in theirs. 

The campaign, started by a partnership between India's Penguin House Publishing and media company The Better India, uses the hashtag #StrengthToSayNo to encourage others to stand up to the hardships and injustices people face in the country. 

BuzzFeed reports Rekha Kalindi — an 11-year-old girl who said "no" to getting married off during a school performance and was later beat for it — was the initial inspiration behind the hashtag to speak out against childhood marriage. 

India is at the top of the list for countries with the most child brides, who are more likely to be beaten and/or die than their unmarried peers. 


Pregnancy is often the common cause of death.

But the movement isn't specific to one issue. 

Others have submitted photos and tweets using the hashtag to bring attention to the other injustices Indians face. 

Like honor killing, a practice where a family members kills another under the belief they have brought dishonor to the family ...

... mental health stigmas ...

... and corruption and gender inequality.

TrustLaw, a news service run by Thomson Reuters, polled global experts and found that India ranks among one of the worst places in the world to be a woman. They assessed the countries across multiple categories including quality of health, freedom from violence, participation in politics, workplace opportunities, access to resources and freedom of trafficking and slavery. 

India came up short

"In India, women and girls continue to be sold as chattels, married off as young as 10, burned alive as a result of dowry-related disputes and young girls exploited and abused as domestic slave labour,"  Gulshun Rehman, health programme development adviser at Save the Children UK, told Trust Women

Hopefully those whose lives are effected by the above will find the #StrengthToSayNo.

In the meantime, others are spreading the word. 

(H/T: BuzzFeed)


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