The Gendercide Awareness Project presented Difret, a film about child marriage, February 11.
Child marriage flourishes in areas where sex ratios are skewed in favor of men -- in other words where gendercide occurs. When there aren't enough women to go around, men look to girls to find brides. The more skewed the sex ratio, the younger they have to look. Thus, gendercide is one of several causes for child marriage.
Child marriage is still common in large regions of the world (Asia, Africa, and Latin America) and has been revived in refugee communities today to shield daughters from rape and lighten a family's economic load. Child brides are married without true consent, without understanding of sexual relations, often to much older men. The resulting relationship can resemble slavery. Child brides are more likely to be victims of domestic violence and more likely to die in childbirth or suffer devastating complications, such as fistula (tearing of internal organs).