Mothers iron their daughters’ breasts as a way of preventing early marriage and keeping their daughters in school for longer.
Close to 4 million teenage girls are subjected to breast ironing worldwide. This harmful cultural practice, which is most prevalent in West and Central Africa, needs to stop.
Girls who marry early have limited education, health and income-earning opportunities.
In Indonesia, one in four girls marry before the age of 18. It's hoped a Constitutional Court ruling will spell the end of child marriages.
Having women in power may keep Ethiopia’s girls in school.
The appointment of women into positions of power can break stereotypes and inspire girls.
Child marriages remain a problem in Mauritius.
Laws in Mauritius allow minors to marry while some cultures on the island are tolerant of child marriage.
South Sudanese girls standing outside a primary school after it was ransacked by armed groups.
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More than half of girls in South Sudan are married before the age of 18. Endemic conflict and food shortages are only exacerbating the problem.
In this 2012 photo, a midwife holds a newborn baby boy she has just delivered by flashlight in Guinea-Bissau. The African country is one of the deadliest places in the world to give birth, with a high rate of maternal death.
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It's not just women in impoverished countries dying in childbirth. The maternal death rate in both Canada and the U.S. has risen, particularly among Indigenous and African-American women.
The movie Nour brings the issue of ‘child marriage’ on the front scene in Lebanon.
Renewed attention is being given to the issue of child marriage in Lebanon as increasing numbers of young refugee girls are being married off as a response to the conflict and forced displacement.
Many girls in Dar es Salaam’s slums drop out of school because of the costs involved.
Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
Wunderbar: same-sex marriage gets approval in Germany.
Two new laws have grappled with ideas of diversity and the traditional family in Germany.
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Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. But a recent amendment to the country's marriage law threatens its progress.
Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia.
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A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
Girls are at greater risk of early marriage in refugee camps where their parents are unable to provided the necessary support.
Rates of child marriage increase among refugee communities, where rates of sexual violence are high and opportunities for families low.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
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Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
A young Chibok schoolgirl rescued two years after being abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Abduction, sexual violence, early marriage: a few of the choices facing adolescent girls who ought instead to be in school.
Lebanon is host to well over 1m Syrian refugees, and their situation is getting ever more desperate.
A young girl from Kenya’s Pokot tribe weeps as she’s led away from her home by her future husband’s family.
Education can be a powerful tool to stop the practice of child marriage. It empowers girls, and their success can ultimately boost their communities.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country.
The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
Singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo is part of the international lobby making progress against early marriage.
The decline in child marriages in Ethiopia is due to its rapidly changing social and economic environment.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.
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In a celebration of the rights of children, the 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace has been awarded to Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for going to school in Pakistan, and Kailash Satyarthi, who has been…
More than two decades of work to reduce the rate of child marriages has produced mixed results, a new study has found. Researchers…