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Guatemala Bans Child Marriage

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact

BOGOTA, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Guatemala has raised the minimum age for marriage to 18, but women's rights campaigners said enforcing ...

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Marginalization combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development and cross border terrorism have trapped so many of Mandera's people in poverty and misery.

Transforming Mandera County's Deadly Reputation For Maternal Health

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

For many women in Mandera County a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya, the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival.

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 ...

12 Years of Schooling Can Help End Child Marriage in Pakistan

Up For School | Posted 10.20.2015 | Education
Up For School

I have visited a number different villages in the country, and each time, communities have demanded 12 years of education as the most positive solution to ending child marriages. Lack of educational facilities leaves girls extremely vulnerable to being married off at a young age.

Struggling Syrian Refugee Girls In Lebanon Often Resort To Marriage. Here's Who's Helping

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact

Syrian children are at risk of becoming the “lost generation,” an issue that’s of particular concern among girls who are being force...

Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply 'Too Young To Wed'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact

When Mejgon was 11 years old, her father sold her to a married 60-year-old Afghanistan man for two boxes of heroin. “In my whole life, I’...

Pope Francis Should Help to End Child Marriage

Robert Walker | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Robert Walker

In addition to being a violation of human rights, child marriage is a major contributor to the high fertility rates that prevail in highly impoverished countries like Niger and Afghanistan.

Malawi Chief Annuls 330 Child Marriages

UN Women | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages - of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers - in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. The objective was to encourage these youth to return to school, and continue a healthy childhood.

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...

Activists Push To Make Child Marriage In India Easier To Annul

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact

Though child marriage has been officially prohibited in India since 2006, the practice is still all-too-prevalent -- an estimated 43 percent...

Indian Woman Who Was Married Off At Just 11 Months Old Fights Against Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact

A 20-year-old woman whose parents entered her into a marriage when she just 11 months old has now rejected that marriage and is fighting to ...

A Real Victory for Women and Girls

Françoise Girard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

Women's groups were deeply involved in this process every step of the way because much was, and is, at stake for the girls of today and tomorrow. If this agenda is successfully carried out, by 2030 fewer girls will experience unwanted pregnancy and become infected with HIV.

Muslim Women Superheroes

Lila Igram | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Lila Igram

I have the privilege of working with some amazing Muslim women -- women who run highly effective grassroots organizations or speak out against injustice. Yet despite their achievements, the media seems to always portray Muslim women as victims.

Spain Raises Minimum Marriage Age To 16

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.23.2015 | World

MADRID (AP) -- Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16 to boost protection of minors and bring the country in line with its Europ...

One Year After the Girl Summit

Heather Barr | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact
Heather Barr

At the Girl Summit, Cameron described the need for "a global movement that doesn't end here, a global movement that starts here." He and Sheikh Hasina should both do more to make that happen.

How A Determined Teen Helped Put An End To Child Marriage In Malawi

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.10.2015 | Impact

When Memory Banda refused to get married when she turned 15, community members called her “stupid” and “stubborn.” But no amount of shame or d...

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

What if Your Dad Had Married at Age 7?

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

It's Father's Day, a day which should be filled with summertime family fun - not stories about child marriage. In the United States, it's hard for us to imagine something as shocking as children marrying at an age when they should be attending second grade, but it happens in many countries.

Speaking Up For Girls' Rights On The Day Of The African Child

Graca Machel | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Graca Machel

Today, as Africa simultaneously commemorates the Day of the African Child and the 25th anniversary of the Charter, we have a rare opportunity to reflect on both progress and challenges in responding to child marriages in Africa.

By 2030, Every Girl Should Have The Right To Become A Mother When She's Ready

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

The world must take action where governments and communities have failed our girls. They deserve to live and not to die in childbirth. They deserve to thrive and live healthy lives. Above all, we must protect these girls so that they live a life free of violence, abuse and stigma and can raise healthy children.

Horrific Forced Sex Camps Train Girls For Child Marriage In Zambia And Mozambique

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

By Emma Batha CASABLANCA, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls as young as eight in Mozambique and Zambia are forced to go to ...

Post-Ebola Sierra Leone: Leadership Needed to Keep Pregnant Young Girls in School

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Not only is this a poorly cloaked assault on the right to education for these girls, it ignores the reality of what young girls in Sierra Leone face in terms of control over their bodies as well as access to reproductive health services.

UN: We Know How To End Child Marriage, Now Let's Scale Those Efforts

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact

By Lisa Anderson UNITED NATIONS, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A dvocates against child marriage need to step up efforts to ...

3 Women's Health Issues Every Thinking Man (and Woman!) Should Know About

Kate Grant | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Kate Grant

As women break barriers and crack glass ceilings in countries like the U.S., in much of the developing world, women and girls still face staggering challenges to their health and well-being. This week seems like the right day to recognize three of them.