Child marriage not only violates the human rights of girls, but also gravely threatens their lives, education opportunities, health and future prospects. When girls are married, they are expected to begin childbearing while still children themselves, increasing their risks for pregnancy-related complications—a major cause of death and disability for adolescent girls in the developing world. We travel to Mozambique, a country with one of the highest rates of child marriage and maternal death in the world, along with wide prevalence of a devastating childbirth injury called obstetric fistula. But efforts are underway to change mindsets and to ensure all young girls enjoy their human rights. This film is included in the UN in Action series.
The Fistula Song was written for the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula and premiered live in New York on 23 May 2013. The song was written by Senegalese singer Baay Bia, and is performed in the video by Bia and five other singers from Senegal in the hope of helping women and girls living with obstetric fistula in their own country and other places across the world.
Governess films has produced this 15-minute advocacy video about fistula in Niger. The video — available to NGOs and community groups to help raise awareness and funds for fistula — serves as a preview of a long-form documentary film that is currently in post-production.
Khadi is a young Mauritanian whose life was marked by terrible experiences. Engulfed by extreme poverty & traditional harmful practices, she survived obstetric fistula. Now she tells her story to prevent other young women from suffering like she did.
This film offers an overview of the Campaign to End Fistula in Liberia, showing striking scenes of women & girls in their quest for treatment & a new life, free of obstetric fistula, a devastating child-bearing injury that affects more than two million women worldwide.
The report, recently released by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, calls for systematic notification of fistula cases and the creation of national registers to ensure proper care, follow up and support for all fistula patients.