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A Chronic Problem: Violence Against Women In Turkey

Sarabrynn Hudgins | Posted 12.15.2016 | World
Sarabrynn Hudgins

Women in Turkey enjoy far better legal protections than many of their Middle Eastern neighbors: sexual assault and domestic violence are punishable, and divorce laws give women a stake in marital property. But deep-seated, restrictive views of women's roles still foment violence.

Climate Change is Exacerbating Child Marriage in Bangladesh

Shipra Jha | Posted 11.11.2016 | Green
Shipra Jha

Attendees at the COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco, this week to implement the UNFCCC Paris Agreement need to consider more than just the physica...

What Life Is Like When A Girl Marries At 11

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.06.2016 | Impact

When Memory Banda’s sister was 11, she was sent off to an “initiation camp” in Malawi. But there was no hair braiding or sports at this “getaw...

What Life Is Like In The Worst Country For Girls

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.02.2016 | Impact

Every day, Ramatou, 13, starts off her morning by sweeping the backyard, washing dishes and preparing breakfast for her mother and seven siblings. Oft...

Syrian girls are being pushed into child marriage in Lebanese refugee camps

The Conversation Global | Posted 10.18.2016 | Women
The Conversation Global

Syrian girls are being pushed into child marriage in Lebanese refugee camps Gabriella Nassif, Lebanese American University Each year, 15 million...

When The Cost Of Marriage Is Too High

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 10.11.2016 | World
Caryl M. Stern

Finally, child marriage is a moral calamity.

Emma Watson Calls For An End To Child Marriage In Africa

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.13.2016 | Impact

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British actress Emma Watson condemned child marriage during a visit to Malawi on Monday, calling on authoritie...

Is the United States Doing Enough to End Child Marriage?

Lyric Thompson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Lyric Thompson

Friday was International Day of the Girl Child, established in 2012 to honor and observe the rights of girls everywhere, who represent the hope and future of their families, communities and nations, yet face countless rights violations such as violence and harassment, female genital mutilation and child marriage, which claims 15 million girls each year in the developing world.

TEDWomen Update: Memory Banda and a warrior's cry against child marriage

Pat Mitchell | Posted 09.22.2016 | Women
Pat Mitchell

Over the years, we've had so many wonderful and moving talks at the TEDWomen conference, but perhaps one of the most striking was Malawi activist Memo...

Nepal's Child 'Love Marriages' Pose Dangerous Risks To Young Brides

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.15.2016 | World

In Nepal, many children enter into so-called love marriages to escape desperate situations at home. But while these are marriages of choice, activists...

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...

Tanzania Bans Child Marriage, But Law Could Have Little Impact

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A landmark court ruling raising the legal age of marriage for girls in Tanzania to 18 will have little im...

Virginia Has Banned Child Marriage. Yes, It Still Exists In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact

A new law in Virginia has made marriage under age 18 illegal. The legislation aims to curb forced marriages, statutory rape and human trafficking by ...

Gambia Bans Child Marriage, Punishes Violators With 20 Years In Jail

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.11.2016 | Impact

Gambia called for an immediate ban on child marriage on Friday and will punish parents, spouses and involved religious leaders who violate the law, ac...

How Teenage Girls In Bangladesh Are Working To End Child Marriage

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.02.2017 | World

Adolescent girls in Bangladesh face severe threats to their health: Two-thirds marry by age 18, and a third of girls are mothers before age 20. A nati...

Poor Children Are Twice As Likely To Die Before 5th Birthday Than Rich

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children who do not attend school is rising, child marriage has not dropped in decades and milli...

What It’s Like To Be Married At 7 Years Old

The Huffington Post | Rowaida Abdelaziz | Posted 06.27.2016 | World

For this 37-year-old mother of five, life is the picture of enforced marriage: she barely scrapes by on less than a dollar a day and cannot afford to ...

Religious Defense of Child Marriage in Trinidad and Tobago Ignites Firestorm

Jessica Joesph | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact
Jessica Joesph

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is ablaze with anger and a sleeping giant has awoken. The Inter Religious Organization (IRO) voted 17 to 24 in favor of keeping an old colonial law allowing child marriage of girls as young as 12 years old.

5 Stunning Photos Show Hardship Of Becoming A Mom Too Young

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

Being a parent is difficult, but being a parent when you’re still a kid is a harsh reality for too many girls worldwide. Every year, an estimated 2 ...

Child Marriage Rates Increase After Natural Disasters. Here's How We Can Prevent That

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.17.2016 | Impact

When a natural disaster strikes, aid agencies are quick to provide such basics as food, water and shelter. But they also need to offer up the services...

Ending Child Marriage in Nigeria

Marilyn Mosley Gordanier | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier

A human tragedy of grave proportions continues to exist in modern Nigeria. In the 19 northern states, 48% of all girls are married by the time they r...

Indian Wedding Vendors Won't Sell To Child Brides In Effort To Curb Practice

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact

MUMBAI, May 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Suppliers of wedding tents may not be the most obvious allies in the battle to prevent child marriage, bu...

To Tell Meaningful Stories About Child Marriage, Feature the Voices of Girls -- Not Just Their Faces

Bishakha Datta | Posted 04.30.2016 | Media
Bishakha Datta

News media in India and across the globe are paying attention, with coverage of early and child marriage expanding rapidly in recent years. Unfortunately, some of these stories present child marriage in ways that create misunderstanding at best.

Street Teens In India Launch Their Own Newspaper

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

One paper is giving a voice to young people who are seen but not often heard. Balaknama, or ‘Voice of Children,’ is a newspaper produced entirel...

Meet The Syrian Malala

HuffPost Spain | Sara Elkamel | Posted 04.27.2016 | World

Omaima Hoshan was 11 years old when the war in Syria forced her to flee to Jordan with her family. The Hoshans left Damascus in 2012 and sought refuge...