Every year, over 14 million young girls are often forced into marriages with much older men. As a result of marrying at such a young age, these girls are “not only denied a childhood but often socially isolated and subjected to violence, and limited opportunities for education and employment.”
In an effort to help #ENDChildMarriageNow, RL Grime has teamed up with UNICEF in the form of a promotional video. The video, which uses RL Grime’s track Always, was shot in Chad, Africa where they have the third highest rate of child marriage. It follows the story of a child bride with a sad ending but expresses what a vital role education can play in the task of empowering girls & the change needed to end child marriages in general. For more information about UNICEF and how to help, visit their website here. Read what RL Grime had to say about the partnership below:
RL Grime on partnering with UNICEF:
Before UNICEF approached me for the video, I was unaware of this epidemic of child marriage that is plaguing Chad and other places globally. So when they came to me with the opportunity I was happy to be involved and help shed light on a very real world topic, and in the end hopefully bring new awareness to this difficult issue.
RL Grime on why he chose Always:
I think it’s a somber yet uplifting track… The lyric ‘I feel better when I have you near me’ really meshed well with the overall theme of the video, which to me hits on this sense of community.