Child Marriage

Schoolchildren learn to spot sexism as India grapples with abuse of women

Christian Science Monitor

ICRW researchers speak to Nita Bhalla about efforts to confront traditional gender roles and challenge sexism among youth in Mumbai schools. These efforts are central to ICRW's GEMS program and are key to changing attitudes and curbing widespread abuse.

ICRW researchers speak to Nita Bhalla about efforts to confront traditional gender roles and challenge sexism among youth in Mumbai schools. These efforts are central to ICRW's GEMS program and are key to changing attitudes and curbing widespread abuse.

Schoolchildren learn to spot sexism as India grapples with abuse of women

Christian Science Monitor

ICRW's researchers speak to Nita Bhalla on efforts to confront traditional gender roles and challenge sexism among youth in Mumbai schools. These efforts are central to ICRW's GEMS program and are key to changing attitudes and curbing widespread abuse.

ICRW's researchers speak to Nita Bhalla on efforts to confront traditional gender roles and challenge sexism among youth in Mumbai schools. These efforts are central to ICRW's GEMS program and are key to changing attitudes and curbing widespread abuse.

Equality: The Unfinished Business of the MDGs

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Lyric Thompson writes for the Thomson Reuters Foundation on global progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and how far we have to go to truly achieve gender equality worldwide. She puts forth a series of recommendations on how the global community can move forward in improving the lives of adolescent girls and how that progress should be measured. 

Lyric Thompson writes for the Thomson Reuters Foundation on global progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and how far we have to go to truly achieve gender equality worldwide. She puts forth a series of recommendations on how the global community can move forward in improving the lives of adolescent girls and how that progress should be measured. 

ICRW On Al Jazeera

Suzanne Petroni, senior director of gender, population and development at ICRW spoke live on-air to Al Jazeera America about the prevalence of child marriage, the consequences to girls and societies as a whole, and what is needed to end this harmful practice. 

Suzanne Petroni, senior director of gender, population and development at ICRW spoke live on-air to Al Jazeera America about the prevalence of child marriage, the consequences to girls and societies as a whole, and what is needed to end this harmful practice. 

On this Day of the African Child, Youth are Leading the Way to #EndChildMarriageNOW

Trust.org

In honor of the Day of the African Child, ICRW's Lyric Thompson writes for Trust.org on how youth advocates throughout Africa are taking the lead on efforts to end child marriage across the continent.

In honor of the Day of the African Child, ICRW's Lyric Thompson writes for Trust.org on how youth advocates throughout Africa are taking the lead on efforts to end child marriage across the continent.

Why We Need Feminist Hashtag Campaigns

Forbes

ICRW was cited in a Forbes article on the importance of using digital activism, including hashtag campaigns on twitter, to spread the word about challenges facing women and girls worldwide.

ICRW was cited in a Forbes article on the importance of using digital activism, including hashtag campaigns on twitter, to spread the word about challenges facing women and girls worldwide.

Suicide Is Now The Biggest Killer of Teenage Girls Worldwide. Here's Why

The Telegraph

ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou and Suzanne Petroni, senior director, gender, population and development are featured in this article, which focuses on this shocking statistic and the reasons behind why self-harm is now the leading cause of death for girls between 15 to 19 years old.   

ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou and Suzanne Petroni, senior director, gender, population and development are featured in this article, which focuses on this shocking statistic and the reasons behind why self-harm is now the leading cause of death for girls between 15 to 19 years old.   

Planning Ahead for Girls’ Empowerment and Employability (PAGE)

Available economic data suggest that India loses $56 billion USD a year in potential earnings because of adolescent pregnancy, high secondary school dropout rates, and joblessness among young women. Among girls who do work, a majority are either employed in home-based work or the informal sector.

Gender discriminatory social norms, early pregnancy (associated in India with early marriage), limited access to educational and training programs and lack of formal sector job opportunities are key factors that often confine young women’s employment options to the informal economy. The literature on India increasingly points towards strengthening and utilizing the economic potential of girls as a critical approach for economic development.  It also suggests that labor force participation of young women constitutes a critical pathway for poverty reduction. It is especially important to ensure that girls have the education, skills and resources needed to be self-sufficient, fully aspirational about their futures and contribute as equal members of society.

Currently, there are very few or no programs in India that instill relevant employment skills into existing education systems. To fill this gap, ICRW  in partnership with Magic Bus India Foundation  is currently undertaking an in-school  intervention  Planning Ahead for Girls’ Empowerment and Employability (PAGE)- with girls ages 15-17 from low-income communities to equip them with skills and opportunities for life and the labor market.

Over a two-year period, girls will go through a curriculum, built on two components: Empowerment and Employability. The Empowerment component will focus on building girls’ understanding of gender and power and will develop their self-efficacy skills. In Employability they will be given concrete pathways and avenues towards their employment. Ultimately, PAGE will build girls’ confidence, skills and capabilities to identify, plan and realize their future personal and professional goals.

PAGE is currently in the pilot phase in four girls’ government schools in East and South Delhi and is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

Duration: 
2013-2016
Location(s): 
India

A 13-Year-Old Girl Wrote a Heartbreaking Letter Begging Not to Be Forced Into Marriage

MicNews

In the lead-up to her arranged marriage, a 13-year-old girl in India wrote a letter begging the principal of her school to save her from becoming a child bride. ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni, senior director, gender, population and development spoke to Mic about the harmful practice of child marriage and its devastating effects.  

In the lead-up to her arranged marriage, a 13-year-old girl in India wrote a letter begging the principal of her school to save her from becoming a child bride. ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni, senior director, gender, population and development spoke to Mic about the harmful practice of child marriage and its devastating effects.  

Education as a Cornerstone for Women's Empowerment

IPS News

ICRW's Kirsten Stoebenau writes for IPS news on a new ICRW report that highlights how gendered expectations and beliefs are the main contributing factor to high rates of school dropout among girls in West Nile, Uganda.

ICRW's Kirsten Stoebenau writes for IPS news on a new ICRW report that highlights how gendered expectations and beliefs are the main contributing factor to high rates of school dropout among girls in West Nile, Uganda.

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