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The exhibit consists of 36 photographs taken over 10 years in Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Yemen and Guatemala, and videos that convey the testimony of several girls and adolescents.

In many societies, marriage is an institution signifying a union between two adults, and the beginning of their future together. Unfortunately, millions of girls still suffer from a a vastly different marriage experience every year.

Worldwide, many brides are still children, not even teenagers. So young are some girls that they hold onto their toys during the wedding ceremony. Usually these girls become mothers in their early teens, while they are still children themselves.

Child marriage is common in rural areas and among people without education as well as in the most disadvantaged populations. It is customary for the poorest families to believe that early marriage will protect their daughters.

However, the opposite is true: young brides are exposed to HIV and other infections as well as to the risks of early pregnancy. In the best of cases, child marriage limits the options for future development of the child and their community.

 

The Exhibit 

The exhibit was shown at the Whitney Biennial (2010) in New York and won among others the following prizes: Professional Alexia Foundation Grant, UNICEF's Photo of the Year, and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism FreeLens Award. It was first exhibited at the United Nation's Headquarters in New York City on October 12, 2012, in observance of International Day of the Girl, and called 2000 people per day. Since the opening, "Too Young to Wed" has been exhibited in countries all over the world and now comes for the first time in Latin America.

 

Teen Pregnancy: the situation in Argentina

"Too young to Wed" is accompanied by a sample of local photography, by ARGRA School, which serves as testimony to the situation in Argentina, where it is related to teen pregnancy and the reality to which many girls and adolescents are confronted as they have to take care of a family when they are still very young,

Paula Abalos, Cesar Gurrieri and Sarah Pabst expose nine pictures that tell the stories of three teenage mothers. 

 

"Too Young to Wed" is presented in the framework of "Hablar es Prevenir", the campaign that UNFPA launched recently in Argentina, starring Catherine Fulop, to raise awareness about teen pregnancy and the need for parents to talk with their children to prevent it. 

In Argentina, at least 1 in 6 women have their first child before they turn 19, which means 322 births per day belong to teenage mothers. 69% of them did not plan this pregnancy,