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 …
The new Let Girls Learn initiative suggests the President and others are taking issues surrounding girls’ education and empowerment seriously.
In his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, President Obama has prioritized adolescent girls in a way we haven’t seen before.
Gender-based violence affects us all, but women in conflict zones face a particular threat.
After the Girl Summit in London and the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C, this may be the year that changes the course for efforts to end child marriage.
On July 22, IWHC staff will join activists, community leaders, civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, and international organizations in London for Girl Summit 2014 to discuss how to end two of the most pressing human rights violations of our time: child, early, and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
The President’s budget increased aid for family planning and reproductive health programming, but we’re disappointed that child marriage is only addressed under the heading of ending gender-based violence.
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.
While holding the line on family planning and reproductive health funding is extremely important and a significant victory in the current political climate, it is not enough.
On December 9, 2013, the IWHC Leadership Council hosted the Clinton Foundation’s Rachel Vogelstein for a discussion how child marriage threatens the security and stability of countries that continue to practice it, and why ending early and forced marriage should be a priority for U.S. foreign policy.