Blog: Child Marriage

  • Posted by Lena Minchew (IWHC), Lyric Thompson (ICRW), Erin Kennedy (CARE USA), Girls Not Brides USA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    2014 may just prove to be the year that changed the course for child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). So far this year we’ve seen significant statements, commitments and dollars put forward on the global stage.

  • Posted by Jenna Bushnell on Friday, August 1, 2014

    Coming of age as an adolescent occurs with its own inherent vulnerabilities anywhere around the world. When you then add on the pressures of being married early, pregnant, impoverished, HIV positive or any combination of those, you’re looking at a reality that many of the world’s 600 million adolescent girls are currently facing.

  • Posted by Quentin Wodon on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Today the U.K. government and UNICEF jointly hosted the first Girl Summit to mobilize efforts to end child, early, and forced marriage as well as female genital mutilation. According to a 2013 report by UNICEF, 30 million girls are at risk of suffering genital mutilation  over the next decade.

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    The prospect of commitments by the United States at today’s Girl Summit to end child, early and forced marriage, is eagerly awaited by those campaigning globally to end this human rights abuse.

  • Posted by Jenna Bushnell on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    In case you missed it, Monday was the second-annual “Malala Day,” a celebration designated by the UN to honor Malala Yousafzai, the brave Pakistani teenager targeted by the Taliban for her activism for girls’ education. After surviving being shot on her school bus, Malala has gone on to be an even louder advocate for girls’ education and rights. She has written a book, participated in countless interviews around the world and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. What were you doing at 17?

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    This week, the the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development is meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to debate a draft framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals designed to reduce poverty by tackling critical issues faced by vulnerable populations, including  promoting gender equality, improving maternal health, increasing access to education, and ramping up efforts to improve food security.
  • Posted by Ann Warner on Friday, May 2, 2014

    A proposed new law in Iraq could have devastating consequences for the country’s women and girls, gutting progress made towards women’s equality.

    How can one law make such a massive impact? Easily: it would apply to the country’s majority Shia population, making marital rape legal. It would give husbands who divorce their wives automatic custody of any of the couple’s children over the age of two. And last but not least, it would legalize child marriage for girls as young as nine years old.

  • 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.