Child Marriage

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.

Investing in Girls' Education Around the World

First Lady Michelle Obama is joining forces with Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, to launch Let Girls Learn, an initiative to increase access to education. ICRW's Lyric Thompson joins Huffington Post Live to discuss what's working - and what needs to be done - to make girls' education an international priority.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is joining forces with Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, to launch Let Girls Learn, an initiative to increase access to education. ICRW's Lyric Thompson joins Huffington Post Live to discuss what's working - and what needs to be done - to make girls' education an international priority.

Investing in Girls' Education Around the World

Tue, 03/17/2015
First Lady Michelle Obama is joining forces with Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, to launch Let Girls Learn, an initiative to increase access to education. ICRW's Lyric Thompson joins Huffington Post Live to discuss what's working - and what needs to be done - to make girls' education an international priority.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is joining forces with Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, to launch Let Girls Learn, an initiative to increase access to education. ICRW's Lyric Thompson joins Huffington Post Live to discuss what's working - and what needs to be done - to make girls' education an international priority.

Adolescent Girls in Crisis

As crises and conflicts continue to destroy communities and lives from Nigeria to Syria and dozens more countries in between, Ambassador Melanne Verveer and ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou write for Huffington Post on how crises uniquely impact adolescent girls, with an outline of how the global community can and should move forward to protect girls.

As crises and conflicts continue to destroy communities and lives from Nigeria to Syria and dozens more countries in between, Ambassador Melanne Verveer and ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou write for Huffington Post on how crises uniquely impact adolescent girls, with an outline of how the global community can and should move forward to protect girls.

When Young Women Get Married, Their Lives Are Cut Short – Here Are The Facts

MTV News

What does early marriage have to do with gender inequality? ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni, Senior Director, Gender, Population and Development spoke to MTV News about the prevalence of child marriage, the causes and the consequences of this harmful practice.   

What does early marriage have to do with gender inequality? ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni, Senior Director, Gender, Population and Development spoke to MTV News about the prevalence of child marriage, the causes and the consequences of this harmful practice.   

We Must Empower and Support Girls in Crisis

Devex

Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, an honory members of ICRW's Leadership Council, penned an OpEd for Devex on how adolescent girls are uniquely vulnerable when crises and conflict hits. Ahead of an ICRW-sponsored International Women's Day event on the topic, she outlines a path forward for meeting girls' needs and highlights her commitment to protecting and empowering girls around the world who face enormous challenges every day.

Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, an honory members of ICRW's Leadership Council, penned an OpEd for Devex on how adolescent girls are uniquely vulnerable when crises and conflict hits. Ahead of an ICRW-sponsored International Women's Day event on the topic, she outlines a path forward for meeting girls' needs and highlights her commitment to protecting and empowering girls around the world who face enormous challenges every day.

Women firefighters extinguish stereotypes in India's land of child brides

Thu, 02/12/2015
Reuters

In a Reuters article on how young women from Rajasthan have become fire fighters as part of a female empowerment program, ICRW's Ravi Verma talks about how affirmative action policies are helping to improve the status of women in India.

In a Reuters article on how young women from Rajasthan have become fire fighters as part of a female empowerment program, ICRW's Ravi Verma talks about how affirmative action policies are helping to improve the status of women in India.

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