The 17 goals seek to end all forms of poverty everywhere by 2030, by achieving 169 targets. Progress in achieving them does not match the hype.
Over 60% of girls in Ethiopia are married by the age of 18. Many don't have support in negotiating with their husbands and families to take control of their own fertility.
All 36 states in Nigeria must adopt the Child Rights Act to safeguard their children.
Tanzania's government must focus on the drivers of teenage pregnancy, which are entirely overlooked in current punitive policies, instead of expelling and arresting schoolgirls.
The region has made progress but efforts must continue to end a harmful practice rooted in poverty and tradition.
Raising the minimum age for Indonesian women to marry to 19 years is important, but on its own is not enough to reduce rates of child marriage.
There isn't much space in Zambia's rural areas for open, judgement-free communication with friends and parents about sexual matters.
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.
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.
The appointment of women into positions of power can break stereotypes and inspire girls.
Laws in Mauritius allow minors to marry while some cultures on the island are tolerant of child marriage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two new laws have grappled with ideas of diversity and the traditional family in Germany.
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.
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.
Rates of child marriage increase among refugee communities, where rates of sexual violence are high and opportunities for families low.
Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.