Child Marriage

The gender agenda: What has Obama done for women and girls?

The Guardian

Today, the White House is hosting a Global Development Summit to take stock of how U.S. foreign policy has been leveraged to tackle pressing global issues. ICRW President Sarah Kambou, wrote an OpEd for the The Guardian on how President Obama's legacy has impacted women and girls and what we can expect next.

Today, the White House is hosting a Global Development Summit to take stock of how U.S. foreign policy has been leveraged to tackle pressing global issues. ICRW President Sarah Kambou, wrote an OpEd for the The Guardian on how President Obama's legacy has impacted women and girls and what we can expect next.

Child marriage, adolescent pregnancy and family formation in West and Central Africa

Child marriage, adolescent pregnancy and family formation in West and Central Africa
Patterns, trends and drivers of change

Natacha Stevanovic Fenn, Jeffrey Edmeades, Hannah Lantos and Odinaka Onovo
2015

Of the 15 countries where the rate of child marriage is over 30 percent, nine are in West and Central Africa, with Niger having the highest rates in the world. The West and Central Africa region also has the highest adolescent birth rates in the world, at close to 200 births per 1,000 girls. Accompanying these patterns are high levels of poverty among adolescents, high levels of school dropout, particularly among girls, and low use of reproductive health services.
 
Although child marriage and adolescent pregnancy remain pervasive across the developing world, there is promising evidence of decreasing rates in both early marriage and pregnancy, including in West and Central Africa. Recent data indicate a slow decline in child marriage prevalence in most countries in the region and adolescent pregnancy rates are also experiencing a downward trend in parts of the region, including in Ghana, Senegal and Liberia.
 
Despite increasing attention and programmatic efforts to address child marriage and adolescent pregnancy in West and Central Africa in recent years, little has been done to identify what factors lead to changes in attitudes and behaviors. ICRW conducted a study to:
 
  1. Identify core drivers of child marriage and adolescent pregnancy in West and Central Africa;
  2. Assess the levels, trends and relationships between child marriage and adolescent pregnancy in the region.
 

 

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Why Young Egyptian Women are Wishing They’d Been Born Decades Ago

Ms. Magazine

Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson writes for Ms. Magazine about traveling to Egypt, where she met with civil society organizations working on women's rights. She writes about what has changed since the uprising five years ago, how women are faring throughout the country, and the barriers women face to achieving equality.

Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson writes for Ms. Magazine about traveling to Egypt, where she met with civil society organizations working on women's rights. She writes about what has changed since the uprising five years ago, how women are faring throughout the country, and the barriers women face to achieving equality.

The Obama Administration Just Took a Big Step to Support Girls Worldwide

Ms. Magazine

Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson writes for Ms. Magazine on the world's first ever strategy on adolescent girls, released by Secretary of State John Kerry. Under the new strategy, the State Department will direct its diplomats to raise issues like child marriage and female genital cutting with foreign governments, and to push for girls to be legally recognized as equal rights holders.

Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson writes for Ms. Magazine on the world's first ever strategy on adolescent girls, released by Secretary of State John Kerry. Under the new strategy, the State Department will direct its diplomats to raise issues like child marriage and female genital cutting with foreign governments, and to push for girls to be legally recognized as equal rights holders.

Ashley Judd Vows to Combat 15M Child Marriages Every Year

USA Today

USA Today spoke to Ashley Judd, actor, advocate and member of ICRW's Leadership Council, about her new appointment as UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador on Child Marriage. ICRW's Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson also spoke to USA Today, highlighting what we know works to end child marriage around the world. 

USA Today spoke to Ashley Judd, actor, advocate and member of ICRW's Leadership Council, about her new appointment as UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador on Child Marriage. ICRW's Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson also spoke to USA Today, highlighting what we know works to end child marriage around the world. 

ICRW Helps Launch U.S. Strategy for Adolescent Girls

Tue, 03/15/2016

Washington, D.C. (March 15, 2016) – The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) today welcomed the launch of the long-awaited U.S. Strategy for Adolescent Girls launched by Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, D.C. ICRW, in conjunction with Girls Not Brides USA, has been leading a coalition of civil society organizations that has been urging the Obama Administration to create such a strategy, and contributed to the content of the strategy.

The United States is the first country to pen a strategy solely focused on the protection and advancement of adolescent girls. 

The strategy contains five major objectives: enhance girls’ access to quality education and safe environments; provide economic opportunities and incentives for girls and their families; empower girls with services, skills, information and support; mobilize and educate families and communities to end harmful practices, like female genital mutilation/cutting; and strengthen policy and legal frameworks and accountability.

“Now, the United States truly leads the world in recognizing that adolescent girls face the unique challenge of a double burden as both youth and females, yet are uniquely positioned to increase socioeconomic development outcomes,” said ICRW’s Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson. “After all, research tells us that when given the opportunity to stay in school, access health information and services and learn to assert their rights to live free of violence and discrimination, entire communities – and indeed countries –benefit socially and economically.”

The five objectives of the Strategy are based on key approaches that emerged from a systematic review of the evidence to end child, early and forced marriage, uncovered and documented by the International Center for Research on Women.

Media Contact: 
Erin Kelly - ekelly@icrw.org or 202.742.1263
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For 40 years, ICRW has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW provides evidence-based research to inform programs and policies that help alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls. 

Go Kabbadi, Girls

The Hindu Business Line

ICRW's Parivartan program, which empowers girls through sports and workshops that include life skills training, was featured in the Hindu's Business Line. The article highlights how the program is giving girls, who are often discriminated against in their Mumbai slum, the chance to play, build self confidence and feel empowered.

ICRW's Parivartan program, which empowers girls through sports and workshops that include life skills training, was featured in the Hindu's Business Line. The article highlights how the program is giving girls, who are often discriminated against in their Mumbai slum, the chance to play, build self confidence and feel empowered.

The Hefty Price of Child Marriage

Devex

ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni and Quentin Wodon of the World Bank Group, co-directors of the economic impacts of child marriage study discuss early findings from the first phase of the study in this piece published by Devex.

ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni and Quentin Wodon of the World Bank Group, co-directors of the economic impacts of child marriage study discuss early findings from the first phase of the study in this piece published by Devex.

A Year Later, the World’s Girls are Still Waiting

Ms. Magazine

Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson writes for Ms. Magazine's blog about global commitments to end child marriage. She points out how progress has been made to ensure ending child marriage is on governments' agendas, but for advocates looking for long-term assurances that child marriage is and will continue to be a U.S. foreign policy priority for years to come, these efforts don’t provide the security the world’s girls need. 

Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson writes for Ms. Magazine's blog about global commitments to end child marriage. She points out how progress has been made to ensure ending child marriage is on governments' agendas, but for advocates looking for long-term assurances that child marriage is and will continue to be a U.S. foreign policy priority for years to come, these efforts don’t provide the security the world’s girls need. 

Bihar Has Highest Rate of Child Marriage in India, Says Report

DNA India

DNA India highlights ICRW's research on empowering girls to end child child marriage, which finds that the state of Bihar has the highest rates of child marriage in India. The prevalence of child marriage in India is 47 percent, but in Bihar, the figure stands at 60 percent. Economic factors like financial concerns and dowry often drive parents to marry their daughters early.

DNA India highlights ICRW's research on empowering girls to end child child marriage, which finds that the state of Bihar has the highest rates of child marriage in India. The prevalence of child marriage in India is 47 percent, but in Bihar, the figure stands at 60 percent. Economic factors like financial concerns and dowry often drive parents to marry their daughters early.

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