Child Brides: A Global Problem

Wed, 06/06/2012
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CNN's Jonathan Mann speakss with ICRW's Sarah Degnan Kambou about how to improve the plight of child brides globally.

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ICRW’s Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist spoke to Kim Lewis of VOA about the prevalence of child marriage and new findings on how empowering girls can end the harmful practice. 
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As heads of state gather in NY this week for the 2014 UN General Assembly, ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni, Senior Director, Gender, Population and Development speaks to Voice of America about the urgency of...
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