Schoolgirls in West Bengal, India. Positioning girls to realize their
land rights as women could hold the key to eradicating child marriage.
When I was 17 years old and getting ready to go to university, the majority of Indian girls my age were preparing for an entirely different event — their marriages. Even now, three decades later, most girls in rural India are pulled out of school and married, quite often against their wishes, before they are old enough to vote.