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.
On October 7, 2015, girls’ rights activists and journalists will explore new and emerging trends in media coverage of child marriage—a practice that impacts 15 million girls every year.
Many programs that seek to end child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) fail to address one of the key drivers behind the practice: control of girls’ sexuality and reproductive lives. This brief explains the social and cultural beliefs that contribute …
The commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights made in the Sustainable Development Goals reflect much of what is needed to ensure that all women and girls can lead full and healthy lives.
The 2030 Agenda has committed to ending harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. Governments must now examine the causes and consequences of these practices in order to face them head-on and eliminate them.
President Obama’s trip to Africa marked a turning point for his administration’s work to improve the lives of adolescent girls.
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 childr …
With the deadline to achieve an agreement just days away, governments must continue to fight for a strong focus on women and girls.
Next week, governments, NGOs, and business leaders will meet to hammer out funding for the Sustainable Development Goals, the strongest global consensus on recognizing women’s rights and addressing the causes of gender inequality and poverty.
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.”