Inside the tragic world of Ethiopia’s child brides

News Organization

Daily Beast

Publication Date

10 October 2013

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.