Blog: Child Marriage

  • Posted by Erin Kelly on Friday, April 18, 2014

    On June 12th, tens of millions of eyes will be on Brazil, as countries vie to take home the World Cup’s shiny gold trophy and with it, the respect of soccer fans around the world.

  • Posted by Sophie Namy on Monday, March 31, 2014

    On a recent visit to the Amhara region of Ethiopia, I met Bruktawit, a 27-year-old primary school teacher who exemplifies what it takes to keep young girls in school: intense commitment, personal sacrifice and a deeply rooted belief that young girls deserve an education.

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Thursday, March 13, 2014

    It’s opening week at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, always a frenetic time when thousands of women’s rights activists and member state delegations descend upon New York to review the current state of affairs for women and girls globally and recommend actions states can take to advance gender equality and promote female empowerment.

  • Posted by Aishani Khurana on Thursday, September 5, 2013
    G(irls) 20 Summit delegate offers a prescription for women’s economic empowerment
    I will be watching closely as G20 leaders gather in St. Petersburg, Russia, to see what policies will come to fruition from the agenda they set. One of the most pressing issues for me is whether and how are they going to include women and girls in their economic development strategies. 
    Consider that the Asia and Pacific region alone is losing between $42 and $46 billion each year because of restricted job opportunities for women, according to a United Nations report.
  • Posted by Kirsten Stoebenau on Monday, August 12, 2013
    Program for Bangladeshi girls encourages delaying marriage and financial independence

    Yasna gestured spiritedly while she told us how she stayed in school instead of getting married like so many of her friends. She was one of 20 girls my colleagues and I spoke with recently as we took a deeper look at an innovative program delaying child marriage in Bangladesh.

  • Posted by Jennifer Abrahamson on Wednesday, July 3, 2013
    Delaying marriage and motherhood in India’s heartland
    Uttar Pradesh, India – Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to learn. On the contrary, it was immediately obvious that the 11th grader is a diligent pupil.
  • Posted by By Gillian Gaynair on Friday, June 14, 2013

    Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn't remember how old she was.

    "I was a child," Enana said. "I didn't even know how to clean myself."

    A child, but ready -in her parents' eyes - to be a bride.

  • Posted by Allie M. Glinski on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    The lives of many adolescent girls living in Upper Egypt resemble those of young children in perpetuity, blindly obeying their parents– and then their husbands – with no control over their own destiny. Child marriage and a lack of education inevitably shape these girls’ futures, carving the direction their life paths will take. Nearly a quarter of girls aged 20-24 in this agricultural region have reported marrying before they turned 18. Most, if not all, first dropped out of school.

  • Posted by Jeff Edmeades on Friday, April 19, 2013
    Girls' education is critical to ending child marriage -- but it is not enough

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

  • Posted by Winnie Byanyima on Friday, October 12, 2012
    Winnie Byanyima reflects on how education can make a difference in girls' lives

    Former ICRW board member Winnie Byanyima writes about how her mother, a school teacher in Uganda, used what little she had to create opportunities for her children. Today, Byanyima directs the gender team in the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Posted by Sarah Degnan Kambou on Thursday, October 11, 2012
    ICRW celebrates new government and private sector investments in girls

    In celebration of the first International Day of the Girl, the U.S. government and major corporations made landmark commitments to girls around the world by investing in initiatives to prevent child marriage and to ensure that every girl has a chance to finish school.

  • Posted by Gillian Gaynair on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Why a middle-aged Ethiopian man believes child marriage must end

    It’s hard for me to forget Tesfaye Haile. A tall man with light brown eyes and a salt-and-pepper beard, he was perhaps the most animated person I met during my week in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.

  • Posted by Girls Not Brides on Friday, May 25, 2012
    Why does it matter?

    Yesterday, 24 May 2012, the United States Senate passed the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act (S.414). The bill was passed unanimously by voice vote, demonstrating strong bipartisan support for an end to child marriage, a practice that denies 10 million girls a year their rights to health, education and security.

  • Posted by Jeffrey Edmeades on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
    A researcher is reminded that in the end, it’s about the people

    An ICRW researcher and young married girls in Ethiopia’s Amhara region compare life experiences.

  • Posted by Gillian Gaynair on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
    Life as seen by an Ethiopian child bride

    She married at 15 and became a mother soon after. ICRW’s senior writer Gillian Gaynair reports from Ethiopia’s remote central highlands on life as seen through the eyes of a child bride.