marriage is always considered a beautiful thing. Where a man and I woman become one because of the love they share for each other, Or at least here in the united states. In Nigeria they have arranged married where your family marries you off to the highest bid. There is a young lady by the name of Balkissa Chaibou, here family had arranged for her to be married to her cousin at the age of 15. Balkissa always loved school and to study and planned on being a doctor one day. But when you are married your job is to have children and raise a family. She didn’t want to get married she wanted to fulfill her dreams in her education so she asked for help from her principal who sent her to NGO called the Centre for Judicial Assistance and Civic Action. They would help her take legal action against her father and uncle. This was a risk in her country because he if you didn’t do as they said they would threaten to kill you. She took the risk and had to move out and live in a women shelter. After the case was over they didn’t go along with the marriage. she changed her parents point of view on this issue and said they wouldn’t do arrange marriages anymore.
Balkissa fought for here right to be her own woman and achieve her goals before marriage and to find a mate suitable to her. Not many women take stand on this issue and it comes with several problems. For example, infant mortality rate, because at the age of 15 your body is not prepared to have a child so the baby dies. Not only does the child die but you are also at a much higher risk of complications. This was a good example of standing up for women’s rights. When one person stands up it give someone else the courage. If everyone stands up on an issue, then they are able to have the rights they deserve.