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Child Brides

Meet The Afghan Girl Who Raps Against Women's Oppression

HuffPost Greece | Danae Leivada | Posted 10.02.2016 | World

Sonita from Moving Docs on Vimeo. Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old girl from Afghanistan, dreamed from a young age of becoming a singer. Admiring...

Child Marriage Is Illegal In Nepal. But Nearly 40% Of Girls Wed Before 18

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.12.2016 | Impact

KATHMANDU, Sept 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kopila Wosti was just 14 when her father married her off to a stranger who was five years older. A ye...

Zarif Sahin: The Voice for Child Brides

Renata M. Black | Posted 08.08.2016 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real-life in...

Poem Exposes The Gut-Wrenching Anonymity Of Child Brides

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women

“I met her on her wedding day, walked up to her and smiled. Back home no one ever talks to the bride. So I thought I’d try something new, thinking...

Teaching Girls They're More Than 'Reproductive And Domestic' Cuts Child Marriage Rates

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact

New findings suggest ways to reduce child marriage by large margins. A study by Population Council in Bangladesh, called the BALIKA project, found th...

How This Afghan Teen Escaped Child Marriage With A Rap Song

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

When one teen’s parents tried to sell her into marriage, she stopped it -- by writing a viral rap song. Sonita Alizadeh is one of the youngest femal...

How This Female Chief Broke Up 850 Child Marriages In Malawi

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

One woman established a new law to prevent child marriage, and is enforcing it with serious gusto. Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza Di...

Child Bride Is Expected To Move In With Husband At 18 — But She’d Rather Study

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.24.2016 | Impact

Child marriage stands in the way of girls' education"I do not want people to say I’m just a girl. I want to be an inspiration."1 in 4 girls was marr...

How schooling can save African girls from becoming child brides

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Michael Addaney, University of Energy and Natural Resources Millions of African girls are becoming wives every year. In Niger, about 75% of girls wil...

Most Child Brides Are Asian Or African. So Why Do Viral Videos Use White Girls?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 12.19.2016 | Impact

Child marriage videos have become almost as ubiquitous as this season's Vera Wang gown. But in all seriousness, the problem is that the fictional brid...

Every Daughter Sold into Marriage Has a Mother

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 12.10.2016 | Women
Rosjke Hasseldine

I wonder how Sonita's mother feels about her daughter's bid for freedom. Is she able to support her daughter or does she feel ashamed of her behavior? How does she feel about her daughter finding her voice as a rapper? Does her daughter's strength to speak her truth in public scare her?

Out of Ethiopia: A Story of Courage

Erin Sharoni | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
Erin Sharoni

Difret is a new film from executive producer Angelina Jolie that paints a poignant picture of a controversial Ethiopian tradition and the inevitable shift that accompanied it. The film is a work of art; engrossing, emotive and exquisitely shot.

Former Child Bride Becomes World-Class Women's Wrestler

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.20.2015 | World

A former child bride is taking down stereotypes -- on and off the mat. At 13, Neetu Sarkar's cash-strapped parents sold her to a 43-year-old man with ...

After Over a Decade of Occupation and $1.5 Billion in US Aid, the Reality Facing Women in Afghanistan Has Barely Changed

Jodie Evans | Posted 10.07.2016 | World
Jodie Evans

The fate of women in Afghanistan has been the moral linchpin for the continued occupation by U.S. and NATO forces since the presidency of George W. Bush. But according to experts and women across the war-torn country, little has changed for women there despite upwards of $1.5 billion spent to empower women and girls.

Heartbreaking Photos Show A Child Bride's Wedding In Bangladesh

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.31.2015 | World

Child marriage in Bangladesh is a persistent problem despite minimum age laws and government vows to curtail the practice. Nearly one-third of Banglad...

Eleanor Goldberg

5 Predictions That Give Us Hope For Moms And Babies Around The World | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

It's Time to Say #IDONT: Let's Prevent a Marriage on Valentine's Day

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 04.18.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Valentine's Day allows us to show that romance is not dead. It's the opportunity - whether we are long married or still in the first flush of a relationship - to say how happy we are with our partner. But there is nothing romantic about millions of child marriages that take place every year.

Dramatic Video Shows Stark Contrast Between Life As A Child Bride And As A School Girl

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact

Girls give up a lot when they are forced into marriage. A video produced by UNICEF highlights how different life is for a child bride as compared t...

DIFRET: An Intimate Film of Profound Political Consequence

Martin Luz | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Martin Luz

DIFRET is only the fourth feature film to be made in Ethiopia and is this year's Ethiopian submission for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It tells the story of a young girl of 14, abducted for marriage, in a tradition that goes back centuries.

Jessica Prois

Global Movement Against Child Marriage Grows Stronger | Jessica Prois | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact

Marcia Almeida was a child bride at the age of 16 in Mozambique, where more than half of all girls marry before they are 18. MAPUTO, Mozambique ...

Understand Human Nature, Protect Human Rights

Luna Atamian | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Luna Atamian

"Compassionate empathy" is what the advocates for any cause want to ignite in their supporters. That's also the biggest challenge in advocacy: taking supporters from just caring about a cause to actually doing something about it.

Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had A 14-Year-Old Bride

The Associated Press | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wiv...

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

Child Marriage Won't End Until We Start Documenting What Actually Works: Advocates

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact

By Agnes Odhiambo, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--When she was 12, Chimwemwe, from a rural village in southern Malawi, married a 17-year-old boy. She...

Nigeria: Is Religion Used as an Excuse to Rape?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

One hundred days ago, Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamic sect, abducted 243 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria They carted them off to unknown forest locations where they are still being held. Some who escaped told of gang rapes. So much for religion.