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'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights To Delay Marriage

UN Women | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
UN Women

From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.

Why Should We Invest in Girls' Education?

Megan Foo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Megan Foo

If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family -- and a whole nation."

Here's How African Nations Are Making Progress With Democracy, Human Rights, More

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact

In an unprecedented move this week, President Obama played host to nearly 50 leaders from Africa -- a continent which is home to six of the 10 fastes...

Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere

Patrick Davies | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Patrick Davies

Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.

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...

First Instagram Documentary Lets Girls Rally Against Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

What's being called the first Insta-documentary is galvanizing international efforts against some of the darkest human rights abuses girls face every ...

Force or Choice? American Muslim Marriages (PHOTOS)

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 08.31.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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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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...

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.