We shape global policies and work with local organizations to prevent early and forced marriage, and to ensure that vulnerable youth, including married and unmarried adolescent girls, can access the information and services they need. We advocate at the United Nations and in Washington, DC, to secure government commitments and funding to end the harmful practice of child marriage around the world.
In the Extreme North of Cameroon, where our partner APAD is based, nearly 80% of girls have experienced an early and forced marriage before the age of 18. APAD is led by young women who are survivors of child marriage. They work to empower girls like them, and to make sure survivors are able to tell their stories, demand social change, and survive on their own. In this video, these brave young women shared their stories and explained how they are working to end this harmful practice.
Child marriage is a global problem that requires a global solution. As co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA, the International Women’s Health Coalition is working to ensure that the U.S. government develops and implements a comprehensive strategy to end this harmful practice. This includes appropriating the necessary funds to fully execute the strategy, as well as monitoring efforts and measuring progress toward meeting our goals. In this video, IWHC, Girls Not Brides, and the Council on Foreign Relations discuss why ending child marriage is a foreign policy imperative.
The African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights presents an opportunity to propose strategies to shift the culture of silence on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
After an exhausting, but exhilarating two weeks at the United Nations, the Commission on the Status of Women closed with a strong commitment from governments to promote the health and human rights of women and girls.
After two weeks of intense negotiations, the Commission on the Status of Women ended early this morning with a strong call to prioritize gender equality and the human rights of women and girls in order to achieve sustainable development.
Our #Lead4Girls campaign calls on the U.S. government to fulfill its mandate in the Violence Against Women Act to work with the rest of the world to end child marriage.