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Child Marriage

The Practice of Child Marriage in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Flora Gwirachewo

Let Girls Lead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Child marriage is still enforced by most of the village heads in Malawi. That is what makes this video submission so inspiring. This video comes from Christopher Mtima, a tribal chief in the remote Zomba district of Malawi.

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...

'She Could Be Your Daughter' #DayOfTheGirl

Jamira Burley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jamira Burley

The Day of the Girl is a way for everyone to do their part and demand more, so that no classroom door is ever closed on a girl, so that no girl is married off before her 15th birthday and so that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Adolescent Girls: ‘The Key to All Solutions'

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

They are great in number, these girls; they belong to an exploding population of youth worldwide -- the largest in history. And these girls are bubbling with untapped potential that will continue to be squashed unless we put them at the center of global development efforts in the coming decade.

Mark Day of the Girl by Allowing Yemeni Girls a Childhood

Rothna Begum | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rothna Begum

Child marriage makes headlines when a young girl dies after her wedding night. Yet we rarely hear the stories of thousands of other girls who marry as children and live to suffer the consequences.

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.

Why Morsi's Ouster and a Civil Society Offer Hope for Egyptian Women

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

In Pakistan, two politicians who opposed blasphemy laws were assassinated, and a woman was allegedly hacked into 10 pieces by her pious husband becaus...

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...

Afghanistan: Child Marriage, Domestic Violence Harm Progress

Human Rights Watch | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Human Rights Watch

Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health in Afghanistan.

Facing Child Marriage in Nigeria

Chika Oduah | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Chika Oduah

Activists and protesters are rallying on streets, tweeting and hashtagging #ChildNotBride, sharing editorials in the blogsphere and signing online petitions to voice their outrage over a constitutional clause being interpreted as a sanction for child marriage.

She-lanthropy: Mabel van Oranje on Ending Child Marriage

Farah Mohamed | Posted 09.26.2013 | World
Farah Mohamed

I have been accused of "stalking" people from time to time. I choose my subjects very carefully. They need to be inspirational, smart, ambitious,...

WATCH: Yeriman, The Nigerian Child Marriage Superhero

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 07.26.2013 | World

Is this Nigeria's newest superhero? Let's hope not. In a YouTube video for his "What's Up Africa?" series, Nigerian-British vlogger Ikenna Azuike ...

11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Speaks, Internet Listens

Charles Clymer | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Charles Clymer

We can only hope that Nada's words will spur greater action by world leaders to halt the horrifying practice of child marriage and the human trafficking epidemic that feeds it.

World Population Day and 'Failing States'

Robert Walker | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Robert Walker

When women everywhere enjoy gender equality and access to family planning and reproductive health services, World Population Day will be a cause for universal celebration, but we are not there yet.