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Davos, can you hear them?

January 28, 2015

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Davos, do you know this is happening? Photo Credit: Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp Davos, do you know this is happening?
Photo Credit: Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp

I once had a conversation with a thirteen year old girl in Amhara, Ethiopia. Two nights prior, her best friend was forced to wed an adult man she had never met. “She screamed and hung onto the doorway of her house,” she told me as she recalled what had happened to her best friend since first grade. “But her uncles pulled her away and forced her to stand at the altar.” As I listened, I asked the inevitable question of why. “They couldn’t feed her. She said she would rather starve than be married, but her parents couldn’t handle that. So they forced her to marry.”

As the world’s financial leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland this week for the annual World Economic Forum, I can’t help but wonder if those meeting in that famous ski resort town can hear…

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