Child Marriage

Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High

IPS News Agency

ICRW's Ann Warner, senior gender and youth specialist, and Lyric Thompson, senior policy manager, give their reactions to commitments made by the UK and US governments in a global effort to end child marriage and female genital mutilation during the first annual Girls Summit.

ICRW's Ann Warner, senior gender and youth specialist, and Lyric Thompson, senior policy manager, give their reactions to commitments made by the UK and US governments in a global effort to end child marriage and female genital mutilation during the first annual Girls Summit.

Measuring the Economic Cost of Child Marriage

Quentin Wodon, Adviser in the Education Sector at the World Bank writes about a new research program announced today at the Girl Summit. The program will be led jointly by ICRW and the World Bank, which will measure the economic cost of child marriage. 

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.

Protecting Girls’ Rights: Ending Forced Marriage

The UK Girl Summit has gathered government officials, civil society organizations and activists to mobilize efforts to end early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. ICRW’s Lyric Thompson, Senior Policy Manager, calls on the U.S. government to ramp up its current efforts to end child marriage and meet the needs of adolescent girls. 

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.

Understanding the Economic Impacts of Child Marriage

Child marriage violates girls’ basic human rights. When girls are forced to marry, they often drop out of school, may face serious health complications and even death from early pregnancy and childbearing, and are at greater risk of HIV infection and intimate partner violence. And they are often isolated, with limited opportunity to engage socially and to participate in the economic development of their communities.

While there is a growing evidence base documenting the tragic consequences of child marriage, there is a lack of data that sufficiently demonstrates the economic impacts of this harmful practice, including the economic opportunity and financial costs, costs for health care systems, lost education and earnings, lower growth potential, and the perpetuation of poverty.

Through this project, ICRW will collaborate with the World Bank (funded by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) to lead this unique three-year program, which aims to address the economic consequences of child marriage through research, capacity building and advocacy. By establishing the effects that child marriage has on economic outcomes, the project aims to catalyze greater attention to this issue and accelerate progress to end this harmful practice.

The first phase of work will focus largely on the development of a conceptual framework that will guide the research. The project team will then carry out a desk-based review of existing research and evidence on the pathways identified in the conceptual framework. Secondary data analysis will be conducted using large data sets, which include relevant information to develop preliminary estimates of economic costs of child marriage. The desk analyses will then be field-tested through primary data collection and analysis in three countries. The project will include global and national level advocacy components, as well as capacity building for local organizations and governments in the target countries.

Duration: 
July 2014 – June 2017
Location(s): 

Girls' Education and the Value of Entitlement

Monday July 16 was 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. ICRW's Jenna Bushnell reflects on why more girls need to share Malala's sense of entitlement to an education.

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?

Invest in Girls, Break the Cycle of Poverty

This week, government representatives from around the world are taking part in meetings of the UN “Open Working Group” tasked with presenting a framework for the post-2015 development agenda that will take the ball forward from the MDGs and advance a sustainable, poverty-free future. ICRW's Lyric Thompson talks about what's largely been missing from the agenda: Adolescent girls.

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.

Podcast: Child Brides

3 Women 3 Ways

ICRW's Suzanne Petroni spoke to 3 Women 3 Ways about why child marriage occurs around the world and what individuals can do to prevent the practice. 

ICRW's Suzanne Petroni spoke to 3 Women 3 Ways about why child marriage occurs around the world and what individuals can do to prevent the practice. 

Marital Rape Ruling Highlights India’s Problem With Consent

The Daily Beast

ICRW's research, indicating the one in five Indian men admit to forcing their wives into sex, is highlighted in this Daily Beast piece about a recent ruling by a Delhi court, which says that forced marital intercourse is not considered rape.

ICRW's research, indicating the one in five Indian men admit to forcing their wives into sex, is highlighted in this Daily Beast piece about a recent ruling by a Delhi court, which says that forced marital intercourse is not considered rape.

Voice Ethiopia Highlights ICRW Report

Voice Ethiopia

ICRW report shows that a groundbreaking program in Ethiopia working with child brides has significantly improved many aspects of the girl’s lives.

ICRW report shows that a groundbreaking program in Ethiopia working with child brides has significantly improved many aspects of the girl’s lives.

From Iraq to Nigeria, the Effects of Child Marriage Are Devastating

ICRW's Ann Warner, senior youth and gender specialist, writes about how a proposed new law in Iraq could have devastating consequences for the country’s women and girls, gutting progress made towards women’s equality.

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.

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