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Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

Child Marriage Won't End Until We Start Documenting What Actually Works: Advocates

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact

By Agnes Odhiambo, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--When she was 12, Chimwemwe, from a rural village in southern Malawi, married a 17-year-old boy. She...

Nigeria: Is Religion Used as an Excuse to Rape?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

One hundred days ago, Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamic sect, abducted 243 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria They carted them off to unknown forest locations where they are still being held. Some who escaped told of gang rapes. So much for religion.

Why We Must Act When Women in Iraq Document Rape

Clare Winterton | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Clare Winterton

Like many of you, I've been glued to the news from Iraq. As I read headlines of unspeakable crimes and sectarian violence, I notice there's something missing: the voices of Iraqi women. As with most conflicts, rape is used as a weapon of war. Iraq is no exception.

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...

This Woman Went From Being An Abused Child Bride To A Mayor Fighting For Women's Rights

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact

After enduring 13 years of physical and psychological torture, Berivan Elif Kilic decided to leave the husband she was forced to marry and commit her ...

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 ...

Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals

Catherine Russell | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Violence against women and girls has impeded progress on nearly every MDG. This includes efforts to reach the MDG 6 target of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS--an epidemic that still disproportionally affects women and girls in many countries.

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.

Jan Diehm

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...

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...

Fathers Are the Key to Ending Child Marriage

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Soraya Chemaly

The fact that fathers think of early marriage as a key to keeping girls safe is a particular irony given how profoundly damaging the practice is to girls and the way in which it contributes to the cycle of poverty that families are trapped in.

April Jones, Child Brides and Us

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Victoria A. Brownworth

Women have been working to stop these crimes against girls for years. But until men stop providing the client base for child porn and child sex tourism and child brides, nothing will change. And millions more girls will be lost forever.

Child Brides –- We Cannot Afford to Ignore Their Plight

Jeffrey Edmeades | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Edmeades

Moving forward, ending child marriage -- and, importantly, supporting married girls like Genet -- deserves renewed attention and investment as a core target under the goal of empowering women and gender equality.

Yemen May Consider Banning Child Marriage

Hunter Stuart | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

Following reports that an 8-year-old girl in Yemen was killed after having intercourse with her 40-year-old husband, the nation's human rights ministe...

UN Head: We Need To Put Women At Center Of Fight Against Poverty

www.theguardian.com | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has just witnessed blatant sexism on her doorstep. The Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, castigated Lindiwe Zulu, a top South ...

Girl Who Evaded Child Marriage: I'd Rather Die Than Be Married Off

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact

In a bone-chilling three minutes, a young girl who evaded child marriage tells the world that she would “rather die,” than be forced to undergo an...

She Was a Child Bride and She Has Something to Tell Us

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I know I'm supposed to forgive my trespassers. But when called upon to actually forgive, I may be good at "letting go" and "moving on" but does anyone's name ever leave that ledger inside my mind, the one that keeps track of those who have hurt me?

Sex Ed Reduces Health Risks For Unschooled Teens In India

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact

By Swapna Majumdar, Women's eNews NEW DELHI (WOMENSENEWS)--When Nandi Jhala got married eight years ago at the age of 11 she didn't know the man sh...

Brides for 'Sale'

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

As the conflict in Syria rages on, with no respite in sight, desperation is hitting Syrians hard. And there are many around to take full advantage of it. But to actually receive a message offering Syrian brides showed me just how bad the situation has now become.

Honor Women's History by Investing in Girls' Futures

Kristin Lindsey | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Kristin Lindsey

Women as a whole have made great strides towards equality, but the fact remains that too many girls in the developing world live in circumstances that are unfair at best, and dangerous at worst.

Ending All Violence Against Girls and Women

Denise Dunning | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Denise Dunning

The focus on violence is desperately needed -- one in three women will be beaten, raped, abused, or mutilated in their lifetimes. The enormity of this problem demands that both governments and civil society develop new strategies to protect women and girls from violence.

Jessica Prois

Child Marriage On Rise As Global Crises Increase, New Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...