Can you imagine being forced to marry somebody three of four times your own age when you’re as young as 5 years old?  This fate awaits a staggering number of girls worldwide.  In the developing world, one in every seven girls will be married before she turns 15.  Early marriage destroys girls’ youth, ends their education and undermines their independence.  Plan UK has released a short series of inspiring films worth a watch:

You can support these vulnerable young girls by signing Plan UK’s petition calling for vital government action to end forced and early marriage.  Then, join me, Plan UK and GJI this Thursday, October 11, 2012 in celebrating the first-ever UN-designated International Day of the Girl!

This blog post was contributed by guest blogger Jason Tucker of Organic Development.  GJI welcomes guest blogs on topics salient to our work and mission.