Over Irish 100 girls were present at an original, yet thoroughly impacting, protest, which looked to attract attention to the plight of young female refugees, many of which face the prospect of becoming child brides.
The girls dressed as child brides, in order to perform a mannequin challenge with a bizarre twist. The video with all the participants standing still, became an important token of activism for thse young demonstrators.
The video has a voice-over which says “girl refugees have their lives on hold,” going on to state how -among refugees- girls are more likely to be caught in a vacuum of violence, early marriage and denial of education. “Refugee girls are too often invisible. Their voices lost,” it adds.
The mannequin challenge was performed in the city of Dublin, at South King Street, with many of the “child brides” also accompanied by older boys and men, which tried to pinpoint their terrible fate at the hands of male captors or future husbands.
The demonstration was organised by a child rights association called Plan International Ireland. They aim to bring support and raise awareness for globally displaced girls, a number which has been estimated in around 16.5 million nowadays.