At the 2019 Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, women from around the world spoke out about their journeys from survivors to change-makers—and how they’ve learned to leverage the power of their own voices and stories to fight back against sexism.
One of those women was Too Young to Wed’s 2018 Girls’ Champion Award winner, Hauwa—who bravely took the stage and shared her story of survival and courage with the world. Hauwa’s remarks, broadcasted live on YouTube to thousands of viewers, were timed with the fifth anniversary of the Chibok Girls abductions in 2014 that launched the #BringBackOurGirls movement.
Stephanie Sinclair's photographs are regularly published worldwide in esteemed outlets such as National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine; her 15-year photography series, Too Young to Wed, examines the deeply troubling practice of early, forced and child marriage as it appears in a variety of cultures around the world today. The series has earned three World Press Photo awards, numerous prestigious exhibitions, the Art for Peace Award, the Lucie Humanitarian Award, the International Center of Photography Infinity Award, an unprecedented three Visa D’Or Feature awards from the Visa Pour L’Image photojournalism festival in France, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year, the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism Freelens Award. Stephanie has also shepherded the Too Young To Wed series into a nonprofit organization of the same name, whose official mission is to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage. She serves as Founding Executive Director of Too Young to Wed.