Just as US-funded programs for girls and gender equality are truly getting underway, the rug may be pulled out from under them.
How local groups around the world are filling the information gap and making sure girls' voices are heard.
The State Department's new strategy looks at the myriad needs girls have: from going to school, staying safe, developing life skills and self-esteem, and choosing if, when, and to whom they will marry.
Laws against child marriage are important, but groups like Aahung are showing how community outreach is just as critical.
Africa has the highest rates of child marriage in the world—1 in 3 girls are married before the age of 18—so the issue demands immediate action there.
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.
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.
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.