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ICC Campaign Against Early Marriage
Unfortunately, for some children, hopes and dreams are replaced too soon by the harsh realities of adult life. This is especially so for those young girls who are forced into marriage at an early age. The International Children's Center (ICC), on the Bilkent campus, is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness regarding this issue.
The 24 posters on the topic of child brides, created by third-year students of the Bilkent University, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Graphic Design, are being exhibited in the Art Gallery of the TAV Ankara Esenboga Airport between November 20, 2012 and December 20, 2012.
Prof. Tomris Türmen, President of the International Children's Center (ICC) mentioned the ICC's move from its Paris location to Ankara in 1999 was a big unexpected event: “I've learned from Prof. İhsan Doğramacı that everything is feasible.”
Prof. Türmen then briefly outlined the mission and functions of the ICC, emphasizing the outreach efforts that link teaching and research to social participation. It was in this context that the "child brides" project was initiated. The causes of early/forced marriage -- weak legislative enforcement, gender inequality and traditional/religious practices -- and described its consequences: lack of education, violence and severe reproductive health illness.

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