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15-year-old awarded for video raising awareness for child brides

Posted at 2:10 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 15:31:38-04

Ramya Iyer is a 15-year-old student at Westside High School and she's focused on saving the world. 

"I think there's like superficial things at any stage of life," she said, "so it's kind of important to put that aside every once in a while and focus on what really matters."

The teenager wanted to make a video to give attention to the serious issue of child marriage. According to the International Center for Research on Women, one-third of girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18, one in nine girls are married before the age of 15. 

Ramya's finished project was a short, minute long video with statistics and ways to help girls who become young brides. 

She used five different software and editing programs on her school-supplied Macbook, all of which she taught herself how to use and the project took her a month in total. She entered the video in an international contest and placed first out of 5,000 entries from 50 countries and 44 states. 

"I want people to see the video, that's what it's made for," she said. "It's exciting to have so much publicity around it."