In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.
On International Day of the Girl Child, we look back at five years of progress for girls health and rights worldwide.
Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli, recently said pregnant students should not be allowed to return to school. Tanzania's ban on pregnant adolescent girls in school is harmful for girls, their families, and the country as a whole.
The drumbeat to end child marriage worldwide continues to grow louder. For the third time, countries adopted a resolution to end it.
Every year, 15 million girls around the world, including in the US, are married before they turn 18—a violation of their human rights.
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.