About the exercise
- Plenary exercise
- Time required : 50 minutes
- Target audience : Best suited to grassroots-level groups/faith communities, civil society organisations and human rights defenders.
To help participants explore a range of causes of early/forced marriage.
To enable participants to identify preventive actions, including changes to religious, societal and legal norms related to freedom of religion or belief (FORB) and gender and personal status/family law.
Participants stand in a ring and throw a ball of wool or string to each other as they answer questions on the causes of early/forced marriage. A volunteer representing a teenage girl stands in the middle and gradually becomes trapped in a tangled web. Participants then work to free the volunteer by naming immediate actions and long-term preventive measures that can be taken to change the situation, cutting a strand of the web for each idea.
The exercise can be easily adapted to focus on other crosscutting FORB issues, by placing a different rights-holder/victim of violations at the centre of the ring.
Source: Adapted from the activity “Why doesn’t she leave?” in Church and Gender Equality: Resource and Tool Box, PMU Interlife.