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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 04.29.2015 | 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.

Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.

Advancing Adolescent Health and Rights: Kenya Can Lead the Way

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This worldwide drive brought together several UN agencies, civil society organizations and donors to reduce new HIV infections among adolescents by at least 75% and increase HIV treatment to reach at least 80% of adolescents living with the virus.

Ending Child Marriage In Malawi: A Roadmap To Sustainable Change

Let Girls Lead | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Malawi outlawed child marriage last week. Following more than five years of undaunted advocacy by Malawian girls, their allies and civil society leaders, the country's Parliament tabled and passed the "Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Bill," increasing the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 years.

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.

First World Ignorance

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Tinsley

Perhaps we should also ask a simple question about the rights of a woman in any given society: can she determine when she has children, and how many of them she will have? If she cannot, then what use are her supposed positions of honor or status? But come to think of it, shouldn't that right extend to women in the so-called developed first world, too?

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...

Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

16 Days Of Activism: Combating the Global Scourge of Child Marriage

Ravishly | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Ravishly

Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.

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 ...

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.

Why Volunteer?

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

Today, on International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions of volunteers all over the world to improving our communities, whether those efforts are focused locally, nationally, or globally. 62 million Americans volunteered last year, that's close to 25 percent of the population over the age of 12!

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

How Ebola Impedes Women's Empowerment in West Africa

Megan Foo | Posted 01.19.2015 | Teen
Megan Foo

It is patently clear that Ebola is injurious not just to women's physical health, but to their education, safety and economic well-being.

The Legal Loopholes That Perpetuate Child Marriage

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

Between today and this time next year, around 15 million girls under the age of 18 will be married -- joining the ranks of another 700 million former child brides around the world, including 250 million who were married before the age of 15.

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.

Children's Right to Education: Where Does the World Stand?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In Mexico, one out of every two teenagers won't finish high school. In India, only a third of students get their high school diploma. Even in the U.S., around 5500 high schoolers will drop out before the end of the day.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls Are a Smart Investment

Catherine Russell | Posted 12.13.2014 | DC
Catherine Russell

On Friday, the Nobel Prize Committee recognized Malala Yousafzai for her fearless advocacy on behalf of girl's education. Her award is a cause for celebration -- but it is also a call for action, especially as we paused this October 11 to recognize the annual International Day of the Girl.

Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

Vivian Onano | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Young girls are always denied the opportunity to enjoy their childhood as a result of certain traditions that have deep roots in our communities. Every year about three million African girls suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) around the globe.

International Day of the Girl: Afghanistan Through the Eyes of the Girl.

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

In this crucial period of political transition and troop withdrawal at the end of the year, it is imperative that young Afghan girls are empowered with the skills, knowledge and courage to stand up to violence perpetrated against them.

This Norwegian Preteen Is 'Marrying' A 37-Year-Old For One Important Reason

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact

Thea is 12 years old. She's a seventh-grader at her school in Norway, and she loves riding horses and listening to One Direction. According to her blo...