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Child Brides

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 Bangla...

Eleanor Goldberg

5 Predictions That Give Us Hope For Moms And Babies Around The World

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Why We Must Act When Women in Iraq Document Rape

Clare Winterton | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Clare Winterton

Like many of you, I've been glued to the news from Iraq. As I read headlines of unspeakable crimes and sectarian violence, I notice there's something missing: the voices of Iraqi women. As with most conflicts, rape is used as a weapon of war. Iraq is no exception.

Iraqi Bill Would Allow Marriage For Girls As Young As 9

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

When Iraqis head to the polls on April 30, they will have the option of voting for a party that endorses a proposed new law that allows marital rape a...

This Woman Went From Being An Abused Child Bride To A Mayor Fighting For Women's Rights

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact

After enduring 13 years of physical and psychological torture, Berivan Elif Kilic decided to leave the husband she was forced to marry and commit her ...

Laila Was 13 When She Was Forced Into Marriage. Now She's Speaking Up For Change

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact

When Laila was 13 years old, the Yemeni teenager returned home from a fun day at school to find her mother crying in bed. Her father returned home ...

Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals

Catherine Russell | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Violence against women and girls has impeded progress on nearly every MDG. This includes efforts to reach the MDG 6 target of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS--an epidemic that still disproportionally affects women and girls in many countries.

Married Young: The Scourge of Child Brides in South Asia

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Child marriage is both the symptom of a patriarchal society unwilling to let women progress and the cause of other gender-based issues such as economic marginalization and poor health care.

Jan Diehm

1 In 9 Girls Marries Before Age 15, And Here's What Happens To Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 12.10.2013 | World

December 10 marks the anniversary of the presentation of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes that there are "e...

We Are the Girls, We Are the Children!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Young girls in other countries are not as lucky as their American peers. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report indicating that every day, 20,000 girls under the age 18 give birth in developing countries.

Country With The Most Child Brides Won't Agree To End Forced Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.18.2013 | World

India, which has more child brides than any nation in the world, has decided not to co-sponsor a United Nations initiative to end child marriage. T...

Fathers Are the Key to Ending Child Marriage

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Soraya Chemaly

The fact that fathers think of early marriage as a key to keeping girls safe is a particular irony given how profoundly damaging the practice is to girls and the way in which it contributes to the cycle of poverty that families are trapped in.

April Jones, Child Brides and Us

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Victoria A. Brownworth

Women have been working to stop these crimes against girls for years. But until men stop providing the client base for child porn and child sex tourism and child brides, nothing will change. And millions more girls will be lost forever.

Child Brides –- We Cannot Afford to Ignore Their Plight

Jeffrey Edmeades | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Edmeades

Moving forward, ending child marriage -- and, importantly, supporting married girls like Genet -- deserves renewed attention and investment as a core target under the goal of empowering women and gender equality.

Yemen May Consider Banning Child Marriage

Hunter Stuart | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

Following reports that an 8-year-old girl in Yemen was killed after having intercourse with her 40-year-old husband, the nation's human rights ministe...

UN Head: We Need To Put Women At Center Of Fight Against Poverty

www.theguardian.com | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has just witnessed blatant sexism on her doorstep. The Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, castigated Lindiwe Zulu, a top South ...