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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 07.08.2016 | 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...

This Teen Is Fighting Against Child Marriage -- From Her Refugee Camp

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Impact

Child marriage affects millions of girls around the world, but the problem has become increasingly common among child refugees. So this teen took it u...

Law v. Culture: Judgment On Age of Marriage in Zimbabwe

Eisenhower Fellowships | Posted 04.19.2016 | Impact
Eisenhower Fellowships

Child marriage is widely recognized as a violation of children's rights, and it is generally described as the marrying of (primarily) girls under the age of 18. According to UNICEF, in Southern Africa 33 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married in childhood.

Teaching Girls They're More Than 'Reproductive And Domestic' Cuts Child Marriage Rates

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact

New findings suggest ways to reduce child marriage by large margins. A study by Population Council in Bangladesh, called the BALIKA project, found th...

Mozambique Devises National Plan To End Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact

Mozambique, which has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, announced a national plan on Monday to put an end to the institution. T...

How This Afghan Teen Escaped Child Marriage With A Rap Song

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

When one teen’s parents tried to sell her into marriage, she stopped it -- by writing a viral rap song. Sonita Alizadeh is one of the youngest femal...

How This Female Chief Broke Up 850 Child Marriages In Malawi

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

One woman established a new law to prevent child marriage, and is enforcing it with serious gusto. Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza Di...

Child Bride Is Expected To Move In With Husband At 18 — But She’d Rather Study

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.24.2016 | Impact

Child marriage stands in the way of girls' education"I do not want people to say I’m just a girl. I want to be an inspiration."1 in 4 girls was marr...

We Can End Early Pregnancies at Home and Abroad

John Seager | Posted 03.14.2016 | Impact
John Seager

Awkward. That's as good a word as any to describe the teen years. For most, it's just a passing phase. But for millions of young women it can be a life-altering and potentially dangerous time.

UN Condemns Harsh Abortion Laws, Child Marriage As 'Torture'

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.11.2016 | Women

Child marriage and harsh abortion laws that deny options to rape survivors can amount to torture and must end, the United Nations Special Rapporteur o...

Most Child Brides Are Asian Or African. So Why Do Viral Videos Use White Girls?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.11.2016 | Impact

Child marriage videos have become almost as ubiquitous as this season's Vera Wang gown. But in all seriousness, the problem is that the fictional brid...

This International Women's Day, Remember the Women Who Dare to Choose Their Own Path

Purnima Mane | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Purnima Mane

On this International Women's Day, as we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, we must remember that without control over their own bodies and without choices about if, when, and how often to have children, the scope and breadth of women's ambitions is ultimately, and irrevocably, limited.