An estimated 15 million girls around the world are married every year before they turn 18, often with no choice about when or whom they marry. Child marriage is practiced across all religions, ethnicities and continents. Girls who are married as children are robbed of their youth, their education, their health, and their futures.
As a co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA, IWHC is working with its partners on the #Lead4Girls campaign, an effort to urge the U.S. State Department to produce and implement a strategy to end child marriage in countries where the practice is most prevalent. Join us in calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to #Lead4Girls and make a commitment to ending child marriage worldwide.
In a significant victory for girls around the world, the Human Rights Council adopted its first substantive resolution on ending child, early, and forced marriage.
Youth advocate Manre Chirtau is optimistic about the future for women and girls in Nigeria: “There are a lot more girls taking on a feminist identity now.”
Holly Gordon, creator of Girl Rising, spoke about the film and its impact in communities worldwide at a Leadership Council Luncheon, with IWHC President Françoise Girard, on April 21, 2015.
A panel of experts gathered at the UN Tuesday afternoon to discuss the most effective programs to end child marriage.
The new Let Girls Learn initiative suggests the President and others are taking issues surrounding girls’ education and empowerment seriously.
While the law banning child marriage is a major milestone, ending the practice requires action on multiple levels.
In his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, President Obama has prioritized adolescent girls in a way we haven’t seen before.
Every January, we like to take stock of the gains we’ve made to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Last year was a difficult. But we also saw reasons for optimism.
The world’s youth still face many of the same obstacles that prevent them from leading healthy lives that they did 20 years ago.
Marriage shouldn’t make us think of violence, but every day, 37,000 girls around the world are married, often against their will, and their wedding day may be the first day of a violent, abusive relationship.