Ethiopian video wins UNICEF prize for exploring gender issues

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

In Tokyo, a short Ethiopian film has won the UNICEF Prize at an international film contest in Japan for a film challenging exploitation and early marriage.

The film, called Involve Me – Yemeserach follows the story of 14-year-old Yemeserach who fled her village to escape an arranged marriage.

She says: “In my village, by age 12 girls will be engaged and by 14 they will be married. Young girls who marry like that, they have children but themselves are children, so you see them looking very despondent.”

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