RL Grime partners with UNICEF to end child marriage
UNICEF’s latest campaign, #ENDChildMarriageNow, co-stars an unlikely candidate: RL Grime. Henry Steinway, who takes up personas as both RL Grime and Clockwork, has teamed up with UNICEF Chad to generate awareness about child marriage and why it must end. Today, about 720 million women and 156 million men are married before they turn 18, and of these, nearly 250 million girls are forced into marriage before their 15th birthday. In Chad alone, approximately 7 out of 10 girls are married before they turn 18, and rarely do they receive a proper education.
Together, Steinway and UNICEF crafted a video depicting the consequences of child marriage; within the first 30 seconds, a young girl dies in childbirth. The short film, playing to RL Grime’s “Always,” travels back in time as it illustrates how the young girl’s life could have played out much differently. Had she went to school and been given a quality education, the girl would have had a higher chance of living happily and healthily.