Giving Girls a Chance at a Real Future with Real Choices

Every day, approximately 39,000 girls under the age of 18 get married. Often committed under the guise of religious or cultural traditions, girls who are married as children are more likely to be forced into sex, drop out of school, experience…

Bali Declaration Offers a Progressive Vision for World’s Youth

We here at IWHC are thrilled that young people and adult allies spoke out in support of a bold and progressive vision for what the global community must do to achieve the largest generation ever of educated, empowered, safe, and healthy young people.

The Journey of 1,000 Miles Starts with the First Step

The last couple of days of the ICPD Global Youth Forum in Bali, Indonesia, have seen a flurry of around-the-clock activity by nearly 1,000 young people, adult allies, NGO representatives, academics, government officials, and other stakeholders from around the world. Their hard work is already paying off. Yesterday,…

On the Road to the Global Youth Forum

Starting today, the ICPD Global Youth Forum brings together nearly 1,000 young people, government leaders, advocates, academics, and others together to discuss and make recommendations regarding the most pressing issues facing young people. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s population is under 25 years old—the largest…

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Introduce Child Marriage Legislation in U.S. House of Representatives

Whether at risk for early and forced marriage or already married, millions of girls and their communities are impacted by this practice around the world each year. Champions like Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) in the U.S. House and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in the U.S. Senate…

Collaborating Internationally to End Child Marriage

For the last two days, I have been participating in a strategy planning meeting to explore creating a global alliance to end child marriage. More than 70 participants from approximately 20 countries, from the UK to Cameroon to Bangladesh, have converged on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to share research, programs, and advocacy efforts underway to…

Act Now for Global Sexual And Reproductive Health

The International Women’s Health Coalition and our colleagues around the world know that information about and access to contraception and safe abortion services is fundamental to a woman’s right to control her body, to self-determination, and to maintain her health.  But more must be done to ensure that women have access to the sexual and…

Child Marriage Prevention Legislation Progresses in the Senate

More than 60 million girls are currently married and if present trends continue, in the next 10 years, 100 million girls will be married as children, often resulting in devastating consequences for their health and well-being. Legislation to prevent early and forced marriages has unprecedented bipartisan support in Congress and stands a strong chance…

New Step Forward In Repealing the Global Gag Rule

Today, a Senate committee took a first and important step to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule during markup of the fiscal year 2011 State Foreign Operations appropriations bill. With bipartisan support (not easy to get these days), the first step in the legislative process to end the long-time political back and forth…

U.S. Senate Takes a Stand Against Uganda's Homophobia

The U.S. Senate has taken a stand against homophobia by unanimously passing a resolution that calls upon members of the Ugandan parliament to reject the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” that was introduced in October 2009. Introduced by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Ben Cardin…