As the sun came up in Jhangesar, a small fishing village in Sindh, anxiety started creeping up on ten-year-old Shaheen. The strong scent of rose and henna filled the air. In a few hours from now, her relatives would start arriving at their home. Shaheen’s parents have found her a husband who is a year younger than her; it is their Nikkah (marriage) today.
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Millions of girls are married at a young age when they should be in school instead - reading, learning and dreaming. On International Day of the Girl Child, we urge you to empower more girls like Shaheen through education and give them a childhood they deserve.