I've been thinking about marriage lately (a lot!). I just graduated and people are wondering if I'm planning on getting engaged soon. In my culture, you go to university to study and find Mr. Right (I don't believe in Mr. Right, I believe in Mr.Alright). There is so much pressure on young women to tie the knot. They are pressured to get married before reaching the spinster age , it's about 24. This goes back to how the society views women, their contribution to their community is summarized in one word," reproduction".
Women are getting married at a young age. My mum was married at 25. Most of my cousins were married at 19, 20, 21 or the late age of 22. I'm 20 and I already feel the pressure. Marriage is such a big issue, every other "achievement" is overlooked. It doesn't matter whether you are doing your PHD, if you are single, you simply don't measure up to the society's expectations!
Sigh, Sigh, Sigh....
Attached is a picture of a Sudanese wedding. This is probably day 5 of 7 long days.