Child Marriage

Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage

NPR

Suzanne Petroni, Senior Director, Gender, Population and Development at ICRW spoke to NPR about the harmful practice of child marriage. 

Suzanne Petroni, Senior Director, Gender, Population and Development at ICRW spoke to NPR about the harmful practice of child marriage. 

Girls fare worse in disasters

IRIN News

IRIN cites ICRW research in article on how girls fare worse in disasters due to pre-existing inequalities. 

IRIN cites ICRW research in article on how girls fare worse in disasters due to pre-existing inequalities. 

Inside The Tragic World Of Ethiopia's Child Brides

Donated cameras give a glimpse into the daily life of young Ethiopian wives.
Thu, 10/10/2013
Daily Beast

Cameras given to young Ethiopian brides provide a glimpse into the girls' lives, and into the impact of a CARE program meant to address their needs. 

Over the 24-hour period that marks International Day of the Girl on October 11, nearly 30,000 girls will abruptly lose their childhoods to marriage. To address the needs of these young brides, CARE launched an innovative project in Ethiopia providing more than 5,000 child brides— and their husbands—with rare access to vital information about family planning, maternal and infant health, financial management, income generating activities and the economic and family benefits of gender equality.

As part of ICRW's evaluation of the project, some participants were given cameras to document their daily lives. The resulting photos, some of which are featured in this Women in the World article, provide a glimpse into the lives of these girls, and also serve as a telling visual record of the impact that the CARE program has had. 

ICRW's Jeff Edmeades Joins InterAction for Leave #No1Behind Spreecast

ICRW's Jeffrey Edmeades joins InterAction, Water Aid and Handicap International for a video chat to discuss "forgotten populations" and how we can ensure that nobody is left behind in the post-2015 development agenda. 

ICRW's Jeffrey Edmeades joins InterAction, Water Aid and Handicap International to discuss "forgotten populations" and how we can ensure that nobody is left behind in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Other G20

G(irls) 20 Summit delegate offers a prescription for women’s economic empowerment

Guest blogger Aishani Khurana, a G(irls) 20 Summit delegate from India, calls upon G20 leaders to address education, economic stability and job opportunities for women and girls worldwide. Doing so, she says, will speed the economic development of countries worldwide.

I will be watching closely as G20 leaders gather in St. Petersburg, Russia, to see what policies will come to fruition from the agenda they set. One of the most pressing issues for me is whether and how are they going to include women and girls in their economic development strategies. 
 
Consider that the Asia and Pacific region alone is losing between $42 and $46 billion each year because of restricted job opportunities for women, according to a United Nations report.

Finding Her True Value

Program for Bangladeshi girls encourages delaying marriage and financial independence

ICRW Gender and Population Specialist Kirsten Stoebenau takes a deeper look at an innovative program delaying child marriage in Bangladesh, as part of a follow up study to ICRW’s “Solutions to End Child Marriage” report.

Yasna gestured spiritedly while she told us how she stayed in school instead of getting married like so many of her friends. She was one of 20 girls my colleagues and I spoke with recently as we took a deeper look at an innovative program delaying child marriage in Bangladesh.

BBC article on child marriage cites ICRW

BBC News

Nada al-Aldal, the 11-year-old Yemeni girl who evaded child marriage, has caught the attention of millions around the world as she shares her story, highlighting the plight of Yemen’s child brides. 

Nada al-Aldal, the 11-year-old Yemeni girl who evaded child marriage, has caught the attention of millions around the world as she shares her story, highlighting the plight of Yemen’s child brides. 

Family Planning 101

Delaying marriage and motherhood in India’s heartland

Adolescent girls talk about their experience taking part in a cutting-edge child marriage prevention program whose monitoring and evaluation system was designed with the help of ICRW experts.

Uttar Pradesh, India – Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to learn. On the contrary, it was immediately obvious that the 11th grader is a diligent pupil.

Changing the Course for Child Brides in Ethiopia

This week we focus on the often overlooked population of married adolescent girls, and a program that works empower them by addressing their health and economic needs.

Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn't remember how old she was.

"I was a child," Enana said. "I didn't even know how to clean myself."

A child, but ready -in her parents' eyes - to be a bride.

A Life More Enlightened: Giving girls a second chance in Egypt

As part of a larger ICRW research project identifying effective strategies to prevent child marriage, Gender and Development Specialist Allie M. Glinski visited Save the Children's Ishraq program in Egypt to find out what makes it work.   

The lives of many adolescent girls living in Upper Egypt resemble those of young children in perpetuity, blindly obeying their parents– and then their husbands – with no control over their own destiny. Child marriage and a lack of education inevitably shape these girls’ futures, carving the direction their life paths will take. Nearly a quarter of girls aged 20-24 in this agricultural region have reported marrying before they turned 18. Most, if not all, first dropped out of school.

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