Writing competition about forced marriage decided

The image of a stuffed animal with a bridal crown sitting under a bridal veil and between a pair of black men's shoes and a pair of white children's shoes inspired the winner in Zonta and Frida magazine's joint writing competition about forced marriage. Photographer: Therese Schroeder.

During the autumn, Zonta and the magazine Frida collaborated to draw attention to the fact that forced marriage is something that exists all over the world, even here in Sweden. 

Together with Frida, we announced a writing competition where young people could submit short stories inspired by photos taken by zonta member Therese Schroeder. The goal of the competition was to arouse interest and commitment to an issue that is unfortunately not particularly well known among young people, despite the fact that it affects many people living in Sweden today.

Närbild på en ung tjej med grå mössa. Foto.

Congratulations Tilda!

The jury has consisted of Elaf Ali, journalist, Gunilla von Wachenfelt, lawyer and zonta member and Annie Li Eriksson from Frida. It has appointed Tilda Jivenius as the winner of the competition.

Tilda has written the short story "Barn inte brud", read here! You can too read a winning interview with Tilda on Frida's website. 

Ung tjej i röd kortärmad tröja och med håret i en hästsvans. I famnen håller hon en katt.

Emma secured second place

The jury chose to give second place to Emma Angelbäck. Emma's short story is called "The Nightmare Wedding".

En ung tjej med mörkt flätat hår och vit tröja.

A third place for Kokhob

In third place came Kokhob Mului Yemesgen Gebreyohannes. Read her short story "A Dark Life" here!

This is what Zonta does

Every year, 12 million girls under the age of 18 risk being married off to a man they did not choose themselves. Do you want to know more about how Zonta International fights child marriage together with UNICEF and UNFPA? Read more about it here.

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