Money Marriage’ documents the experiences of young women entrapped in the traditional harmful practice in Becheve Community of Cross River State, Nigeria.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Women In successful Careers (WISCAR), on Sunday March, 8, 2020, held a public screening of ‘Money Marriage’, a documentary directed by Emeka Chukwuleta.
The documentary shares the harrowing experiences of of 5 victims of an abhorrent cultural practice prevalent in the South-South region where under-age girls are sold into marriage to offset what is often a generational debt. 4 of the women, still under 20, open up about the emotional and physical abuse that they have had to endure in the homes of their spouses who are oftentimes twice their age.
Speaking on the ‘Money Marriage’, founder Amina Oyagbola revealed that WISCAR decided to lend its platform to the makers of the documentary to create awareness.
Oyagbola shared, “It is essential for us to remember that it is the right of every young girl to grow fully into womanhood and to self-actualize whatever her dreams maybe for herself”.
She added, “It is the concern of all of us and it should worry us all greatly as we push for gender parity, that a large proportion of our future generations of leaders are being disenfranchised of their basic human rights”.
The event focused on the central theme of this year’s International Women’s Day “Each for Equal” to celebrate women in Nigeria and dialogue on the issues of gender parity in our communities.