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Force or Choice? American Muslim Marriages (PHOTOS)

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

American Muslims from across the country share their stories of love and marriage as a matter of choice -- as it should be. They are reflective of the more mainstream American-Muslim experience while also representing a model to be emulated by others.

As the World Bank Turns

Robert Walker | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.

Birth Registration: The Missing Link of Child Protection

Celia Buckman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Celia Buckman

It's really a simple concept. Every child, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, should be acknowledged by their governments of their existence.

A Month After 276 Nigerian Girls Were Kidnapped, Now Is Time to Act

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 05.16.2014 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

These young girls are still being held captive, their condition is unknown, they are at extreme risk of being sexually abused and trafficked and the leaders of Boko Haram have threatened to sell them as slaves and into child marriages.

The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

Auren Kaplan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.

Crimes Against Women: Jimmy Carter's Call to Action

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Lynsi Freitag

The 39th President of the United States identifies some of the most deplorable and widespread acts of gender-based violence -- something he calls "the most serious challenge facing us now" -- while taking special issue with the religious persecution of women.

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...

Teaching Filmmaking to Burmese Refugee Students Was an Eye-opening Experience

Lila Igram | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

We achieve success at Connecther.org when our stakeholders achieve success. Azmina Karim, a young woman from Bangladesh who is passionate about uplifting the voices of women and girls in her country, is one such stakeholder.

Museum of Intolerance

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

As a museum that espouses the values of tolerance, should you, the Museum of Tolerance, be promoting such an Islamophobic film?

Nowhere Does Islam Excuse Child Brides

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

A friend of mine sent me a a Daily Beast piece that said, "A new law would approve marriage to girls as young as nine in a bid to appease the nation's...

The Practice of Child Marriage in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Udoka Okafor

We as a society must start to realize that the practice of child marriage must cease to persist, for the sake of the future of these girls that are married to early. Child marriage is a cultural issue, but it is also a social justice issue and a national health issue in Nigeria.

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 ...

The Story Behind Girl Rising, the Most Powerful Film You'll See This Year

Christine Horansky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Christine Horansky

"To me the common thread for the girls in the film, was that they each believed (against all evidence) that they deserved more. They just had a deep sense of their own power and potential."

Iraq Bill Would Legalize Child Marriage, Limit Women's Rights

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wive...

Reimagined Women's Magazines Swap Cover Girls For Slaves

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact

An advocacy site has given glossy women's magazines a makeover, replacing quintessential headlines and photos with messages that convey a much more gr...

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.

Top Human Rights Stories of 2013

Jim Murphy | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Jim Murphy

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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...

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Emmanuela Alimlim

Let Girls Lead | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Emmanuela Alimlim is from Kenya. Her mother gave birth to her at age 15 and Emmanuela's sister gave birth to her first child at age 15 as well. After seeing several of her classmates drop out of school due to early pregnancies, Emmanuela decided that it was time to do something about early and forced marriage and teen pregnancy in her community.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Flora Gwirachewo

Let Girls Lead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Child marriage is still enforced by most of the village heads in Malawi. That is what makes this video submission so inspiring. This video comes from Christopher Mtima, a tribal chief in the remote Zomba district of Malawi.

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...

'She Could Be Your Daughter' #DayOfTheGirl

Jamira Burley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jamira Burley

The Day of the Girl is a way for everyone to do their part and demand more, so that no classroom door is ever closed on a girl, so that no girl is married off before her 15th birthday and so that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Adolescent Girls: ‘The Key to All Solutions'

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

They are great in number, these girls; they belong to an exploding population of youth worldwide -- the largest in history. And these girls are bubbling with untapped potential that will continue to be squashed unless we put them at the center of global development efforts in the coming decade.

Mark Day of the Girl by Allowing Yemeni Girls a Childhood

Rothna Begum | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rothna Begum

Child marriage makes headlines when a young girl dies after her wedding night. Yet we rarely hear the stories of thousands of other girls who marry as children and live to suffer the consequences.