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Child Marriage

Child Marriage Keeps Girls from Reaching their Full Potential

Anne Goddard | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

UNICEF estimates that some 400 million women between the ages of 20 and 49 were married before their 18th birthday. An estimated one in three girls in developing countries is married before adulthood, and one in nine before they are 15.

Malala Day: UN Youth Takeover

Jamira Burley | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Jamira Burley

We as young people see education as a right that is currently not being met for nearly 57 million children who are out of school.

Family Planning 101: Delaying Marriage and Motherhood in India's Heartland

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Uttar Pradesh, India - Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to lea...

A Life More Enlightened: Giving Girls a Second Chance in Egypt

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Allie McGonagle Glinski Beni Suef, Egypt - The lives of many adolescent girls living in Upper Egypt resemble those of young children in perpetuity...

Let Us End Fistula in Our Lifetime

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Imagine living with a condition which forced you to change your wet, soiled clothes every few hours or which led to your family abandoning you or being shunned by your community. This is the reality of life for over two million women and girls suffering from obstetric fistula.

Changing the Course for Child Brides in Ethiopia

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Gillian Gaynair Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn't remember ...

Child Marriages Rise Among Syrian Refugee Girls

The Atlantic | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact

Nine Syrian refugee women gather in the living room of a house on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Jdeideh in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syri...

Giving Girls a Chance at a Real Future With Real Choices

Jennifer Redner | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Redner

As a key player in shaping global development priorities -- priorities that include education, health care, food security, economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls -- the United States has an important role in ending early and forced marriage worldwide.

On Her Own Two Feet: Providing Girls in India With Hope - and Job Skills - for a Better Future

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Like typical teenagers growing up in a big city, Priya and Talat are on a regular basis exposed to tantalizing possibility and...

Beyond the Classroom: Girls' Education Is Critical to Ending Child Marriage But It Is Not Enough

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

Once again, I recently returned to my home base in Washington, DC after spending several weeks in Ethiopia's deeply poor, yet breathtaking, Amhara region. And once again I was inspired by the sheer enthusiasm and thirst for opportunity among an often forgotten group: child brides.

Breaking the Cycle of Child Marriage in India

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgICRW's Turning Point Campaign aims to draw attention to adolescence, when girls in particular are at a heightened risk of dropping out of school and child marriage.

Empowering Change for Adolescents around the World

Pamela Barnes | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Recently, I toured a health clinic in India and met a girl named Anju. Anju's family is poor. They live far away in a remote village that has no running water or health care. Although Anju is only 14, her parents expect her to marry and start having children soon.

It's Not Just About Sexual Violence

Liesl Gerntholtz | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Liesl Gerntholtz

If the Hague initiative is going to make a real difference in the lives of women, it needs to take a broader view of the problem and address the full spectrum of women's needs during conflict.

There's More to Naghma's Story

Wayne Nelson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Media
Wayne Nelson

Naghma's story has become a heartbreaking example of the plight of women and the poor in Afghanistan, calling into question how much the United States and its allies have really achieved after a decade of war in protecting Afghanistan's most vulnerable.

Bringing Every Good Thing to Our Daughters

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

We all want to bring every good thing to our children. My daughter and her friends want to have the power to choose a rewarding future for themselves. Girls in countries like Niger want the same thing. 2013-03-13-globalrelaygatepull.jpg

Moving Beyond Words: The Case for a Global Implementation Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

Standards are in place to end violence and discrimination against women and girls. Governments must not be allowed to backtrack on their pledges.

Jessica Prois

Child Marriage On Rise As Global Crises Increase, New Study Says | Jessica Prois | Posted 03.11.2013 | Impact

UPDATED: March 8, 2013, 6:15 p.m. EST Humaiya, a 16-year-old from Bangladesh, hasn't yet worn the traditional wedding rituals such as kohl-painted...

'Girls, Not Brides'

AP | CHARLTON DOKI | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

JUBA, South Sudan -- The 17-year-old beaten to death for refusing to marry a man old enough to be her grandfather. The teen dragged by her family to b...

Child and Forced Marriage in South Sudan

Matthew Rullo | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Matthew Rullo

As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, governments around the world should honor girls by giving them the tools they need to grow into the healthy, educated, economically independent women they have the potential to be.

Too Young to Wed: Working Together to End Child Marriage

Carole Presern | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

Adolescent pregnancy is a universal issue that occurs for many different reasons. But in nine out of 10 cases in developing countries, where complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death, the young mother is already married.

The Future Is Hers

Gordon Brown | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

If the debate in the West is why women can't have everything, the debate in the developing world is still why so many women don't have anything.

UNICEF: Quarter Of Congo's Children Not In School

AP | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact

KINSHASA, Congo -- The United Nations Children's Fund says more than a quarter of Congolese children are not going to school, including 1.3 million in...

My Hope for 2030: A World Without Child Marriage

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Impatient Optimists

The harmful effects of child marriage are not limited to the girls themselves. When a girl is married, she is deprived of the opportunities -- educational, social and economic -- that would allow her to help lift her family and her community out of poverty.

Selling Children Is Against Islam

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

It is time for lay-leaders, clerics and religious judges who flagrantly contradict the Quran to be by-passed as irrelevant and pariahs of our society. They should instead be forced to answer: Why are they defending an oppressive pre-Islamic culture?

The Beginning of the End for Child Marriage

Emily Teitsworth | Posted 02.02.2013 | Impact
Emily Teitsworth

Before the end of the year, the lives of millions of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa will be transformed, in what many are calling the beginning of the end for child marriage.