A Brave Young Girl’s Speech Against Forced Marriage in Yemen. {Video} ~ Moira Madden

Via Moira Madden
on Jul 22, 2013
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Nada Al-Ahdal

“I would have had no life, no education. Don’t they have any compassion?”

Nada Al-Ahdal, the 11-year-old girl in the below video, has shared her thoughts on the forced marriage of young girls to older, more powerful men. Her words are full of courage and wise beyond her years. The malevolent cultural forces that she and large numbers of other young girls struggle against are given a face by stories such as these. She speaks to the systematic oppression, misogyny, poverty and lack of reason in her culture, and serves as a reminder today to be bold, brave and critical in the face of institutionalized hate.

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Ed: B. Bemel


About Moira Madden

Moira Madden is a student of writing as well as Women and Gender Studies who loves to read, write, doodle, work—and play every single moment. She trusts things that are wacky, neurotic and open. She eats a whole lot of peanut butter.


2 Responses to “A Brave Young Girl’s Speech Against Forced Marriage in Yemen. {Video} ~ Moira Madden”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Comments worth reading on Reddit, http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/1ir0se/11… where this was featured yesterday:

    Her uncle is a real hero, just an excerpt of the things he's done to protect this girl

    Abdel Salam tells NOW: “When I heard about the groom, I panicked. Nada was not even 11 years old; she was exactly 10 years and 3 months. I could not allow her to be married off and have her future destroyed, especially since her aunt was forced to marry at 13 and burnt herself. I did all I could to prevent that marriage. I called the groom and told him Nada was no good for him. I told him she did not wear the veil and he asked if things were going to remain like that. I said ‘yes, and I agree because she chose it.’ I also told him that she liked singing and asked if he would remain engaged to her.”

    He took Nada and her sickly brother in and raised them, protected her from this marriage, and when her family secretly took Nada back he went to a judge to reveal what happened.


    [–]audiboth 823 points 1 day ago*

    What an incredible man. In this picture he looks so young himself.

  2. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Both the uncle and this girl are so brave to step outside this medieval culture that treats young women as animals.