Child Marriage

Small But Mighty: Belgians are Building a Movement to End Child Marriage

Trust.org

ICRW's Lyric Thompson writes for the Thomson Reuters Foundation's Trust.org blog about her experience working with advocates and government officials in Belgium to draw attention to the importance of ending child marriage during the International Day of the Girl.

ICRW's Lyric Thompson writes for the Thomson Reuters Foundation's Trust.org blog about her experience working with advocates and government officials in Belgium to draw attention to the importance of ending child marriage during the International Day of the Girl.

From Malala to Memory, the Power of Girls

Saturday, October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, a day to contemplate the powerful force girls can be throughout the world – and a time to celebrate those girls who are forging a path forward to become the next generation of thinkers, doers and leaders in communities around the world, writes ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou. 

This Saturday, October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, a day to contemplate the powerful force girls can be throughout the world – and a time to celebrate those girls who are forging a path forward to become the next generation of thinkers, doers and leaders in communities around the world.

Voice of America’s Africa News Tonight Highlights new ICRW Report

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. 

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. 

A Once In A Lifetime Chance To Protect The World's Girls

With the UN General Assembly underway in NY this week, ICRW’s Senior Policy Manager, Lyric Thompson writes about how we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect the human rights of girls.

As the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convenes this month, the year-long intergovernmental process to negotiate the world’s development framework for the next 15 years formally begins. The culmination of this process will be the “post-2015 development agenda,” a set of internationally agreed development objectives that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire next year.

Why Adolescent Girls Must Be Central to the Next Global Development Agenda

Voice of America

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 ensuring that adolescent girls’ needs are addressed and included in world poverty reduction efforts.

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 ensuring that adolescent girls’ needs are addressed and included in world poverty reduction efforts.

It's All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

NPR

Highlighting the need to take girls' unique perspectives and challenges into account in any global development agenda, ICRW's Lyric Thompson gives her perspective on why adolscent girls matter to NPR's Goats and Sodas blog.

Highlighting the need to take girls' unique perspectives and challenges into account in any global development agenda, ICRW's Lyric Thompson gives her perspective on why adolscent girls matter to NPR's Goats and Sodas blog.

Voice of America Highlights New ICRW Report

Voice of America

ICRW’s Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist and lead author of ICRW’s new report, “More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can Help End Child Marriage,” speaks to Voice of America’s Frances Alonzo about these new findings and how investments in girls’ empowerment is key to ending child marriage. 

ICRW’s Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist and lead author of ICRW’s new report, “More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can Help End Child Marriage,” speaks to Voice of America’s Frances Alonzo about these new findings and how investments in girls’ empowerment is key to ending child marriage. 

More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can End Child Marriage

More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can End Child Marriage

Ann Warner, Kirsten Stoebenau and Allison M. Glinski
2014

The International Center for Research on Women’s report, “More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can Help End Child Marriage", shows how and why investing in girls is critical to the global movement to end child marriage. The practice, which cuts across global cultures and religions, turns more than 14 million girls worldwide into child brides every year, violating their basic human rights – and hindering larger international development efforts.

ICRW has been at the forefront of exposing the harms caused by child marriage, and identifying solutions to prevent it, for more than 15 years. In 2011, ICRW identified five promising strategies to prevent child marriage.  With this latest study, ICRW set out to discover how programs in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia and India are working to empower both girls at-risk of child marriage as well as already married girls, and how empowerment leads to changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.

Based on four case studies – programs run by CARE (Ethiopia), BRAC (Bangladesh), Save the Children (Egypt) and Pathfinder International (India) – ICRW’s findings show that girl-focused programs expand girls’ ability to make strategic life choices by providing them with access to critical resources. The information, skills and social support that they gain help to instill a transformation within girls: increasing their self-awareness, their self-efficacy and their aspirations. They also introduce girls to alternatives to marriage, such as school and livelihood opportunities, and enhance their ability to influence key ‘gatekeepers’ in their lives, such as parents, husbands or community leaders.

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PRESS RELEASE - Report: Investment in Girls’ Empowerment Key to Ending Child Marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The International Center for Research on Women today released a new report, “More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can Help End Child Marriage,” which shows how and why investing in girls is critical to the global movement to end child marriage. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The International Center for Research on Women today released a new report, “More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can Help End Child Marriage,” which shows how and why investing in girls is critical to the global movement to end child marriage. The practice, which cuts across global cultures and religions, turns at least 14 million girls worldwide into child brides every year, violating their basic human rights – and hindering larger international development efforts.

“This report comes at a critical time as the post-2015 sustainable development goals are being debated in advance of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York later this month,” said Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist at ICRW and lead author of the report. “We know that investing in women and girls is crucial to eliminating global poverty and strengthening economies. That’s why we must place adolescent girls at the center of the next global development agenda – investing in their education, their health and their futures – to ensure real lasting progress.”

ICRW has been at the forefront of exposing the harms caused by child marriage, and identifying solutions to prevent it, for more than 15 years. In 2011, ICRW identified five promising strategies to prevent child marriage.  With this latest study, ICRW set out to discover how programs in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia and India are working to empower both girls at risk of child marriage as well as already-married girls, and how empowerment leads to changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.

Based on four case studies – programs run by CARE (Ethiopia), BRAC (Bangladesh), Save the Children (Egypt) and Pathfinder International (India) – ICRW’s findings show that girl-focused programs expand girls’ ability to make strategic life choices by providing them with access to critical resources. The information, skills and social support that they gain help to instill a transformation within girls that enables them to envision themselves in roles other than those traditionally expected them to take on in strict, patriarchal societies. They also introduce girls to alternatives to marriage, such as school and livelihood opportunities, and enhance their ability to influence key ‘gatekeepers’ in their lives, such as parents, husbands or community leaders.

“While girls alone cannot end child marriage, we have found that empowering girls is a critical piece of the puzzle,” Warner added. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help girls be agents of change for the next global development agenda.  If ending child marriage is not made a priority in the sustainable development goals that the United Nations will be finalizing over the course of the next 12 months, the potential of tens of millions more girls will almost certainly be lost for years to come.”

Note to Editors: To mark the release of the report, a panel discussion will take place today in Washington, DC at 9:30AM, at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, and features high level speakers from ICRW, CARE, Pathfinder, BRAC USA and the Packard Foundation.

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The Summer of the Summit – Now What for Child, Early and Forced Marriage?

Girls Not Brides USA calls on U.S. government to develp a plan of action to end child, early and forced marriage.

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.

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