March 11, 2014 5:30 pm

The Global Fund for Women, American Jewish World Service, and IWHC will hold a critical panel discussion on child marriage during the UN Commission on the Status of Women. As world leaders meet to set global priorities for sustainable development, it is crucial they address the problem of child marriage. This practice is widespread and undermines human rights, gender equality, and development efforts worldwide. The panel discussion will feature experts who have worked on issues related to child marriage for many decades.


Event Info


In this panel, speakers will share their perspectives on:

  • Why child marriage needs to be on the post-2015 development agenda
  • What can we learn from country-based experiences in addressing child marriage
  • What indicators will most meaningfully measure the global community’s progress to address child marriage?
  • Why it is critical that interventions build on girls’ and women’s access to choice, agency, and justice, while giving them the ability to resist forced and early marriage?


March 11, 2014 5:30 pm



Margaret Greene, President, GreeneWorks (USA):
Greene is a global expert on child marriage whose leadership has been critical in making child marriage a priority for The Elders, an international organization of human rights activists and public figures that were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 and who have been raising and distributing funds for some of the most critical human rights issues worldwide.


Francoise Girard, President, International Women’s Health Coalition (USA):
Girard will speak about the current discussions on the inclusion of child marriage indicators in the post-2015 development agenda and will suggest what advocates can do to ensure that the indicators are designed to meaningfully capture true progress towards addressing the social inequities and lack of protections that contribute to child marriage.

Dorothy Aken’ova, founder and Executive Director of International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (Nigeria):
Aken’ova will discuss her organization’s work to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights—including community education, access to choice, and a focus on the importance of valuing pleasure in bodies and relationships—in relatively conservative parts of northern Nigeria that are governed by Sharia law.

Jacqueline Hart, Vice President of Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation at American Jewish World Service (USA):
Dr. Hart will share the results of a mapping of Indian NGOs working to end child marriage, conducted by a grantee partner of AJWS, Nirantar. The mapping identifies the critical drivers of child marriage in India and the gaps in current interventions, and suggests ways that AJWS can contribute to moving this work forward.

Shalini Nataraj, Director of Advocacy, Global Fund for Women (USA):
Nataraj will discuss the Global Fund for Women’s support of child marriage interventions through its grantmaking and what that experience has revealed about effective strategies to address child marriage.


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