Child Marriage

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 drafted 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.

Child Marriage, The Lives of Young Girls and the Policies to Protect Them

WHYY

ICRW's Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist, spoke to NPR affiliate WHYY about the causes and consequences of child marriage and how communities and countries can work to prevent this harmful practice.

ICRW's Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist, spoke to NPR affiliate WHYY about the causes and consequences of child marriage and how communities and countries can work to prevent this harmful practice.

Here's How African Nations Are Making Progress With Democracy, Human Rights, More

The Huffington Post

The U.S.-Africa Summit side event held on Tuesday, August 5, put on by ICRW and partners calling on leaders to end child, early and forced marriage is featured by the Huffington Post in a round-up of issues spotlighted during the Summit.

The U.S.-Africa Summit side event held on Tuesday, August 5, put on by ICRW and partners calling on leaders to end child, early and forced marriage is featured by the Huffington Post in a round-up of issues spotlighted during the Summit. The event was held in partnership with Girls Not Brides USA, Human Rights Watch, and the International Women’s Health Coalition. 

A ‘War’ Everyone Can Cheer

Suzanne Fields

ICRW’s Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson speaks to the Washington Times about the consequences of child marriage, in this piece, which highlights the growing momentum during the U.S.-African Summit to invest in women and girls and protect them from harmful practices.

ICRW’s Senior Policy Manager Lyric Thompson speaks to the Washington Times about the consequences of child marriage, in this piece, which highlights the growing momentum during the U.S.-African Summit to invest in women and girls and protect them from harmful practices.

Advocates Seize on White House Africa Summit to Call for End to Child Marriage

TIME

On the sidelines of the first U.S.-African Summit, the International Center for Research on Women along with Girls Not Brides USA, Human Rights Watch and International Women's Health Coalition hosted a special event calling on U.S. and African leaders to end child, early and forced marriage.

On the sidelines of the first U.S.-African Summit, the International Center for Research on Women along with Girls Not Brides USA, Human Rights Watch and International Women's Health Coalition hosted a special event calling on U.S. and African leaders to end child, early and forced marriage.

ICRW Presents Findings on Married Adolescents at Wilson Center

Ahead of the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, ICRW joined with other NGOs to discuss the needs of married adolescent girls in Africa and around the world. While initial findings detail what works in improving the lives of married girls, much more research needs to be done.

Coming of age as an adolescent occurs with its own inherent vulnerabilities anywhere around the world. When you then add on the pressures of being married early, pregnant, impoverished, HIV positive or any combination of those, you’re looking at a reality that many of the world’s 600 million adolescent girls are currently facing.

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