Couples tying the knot in the U.S. can now do their part to save children from forced marriages around the world—simply by purchasing and registering for the products and wedding experiences they want and need.
We at Save the Children have put gender equality at the top of our agenda. On this International Day of the Girl, we’re calling on the U.S. government to do the same.
Child marriage affects 650 million women and 150 million men worldwide—including the United States and Europe. That’s one girl every 23 seconds.
Conversations around child marriage all come down to sex: who should have it, when and with whom. Advocates are struggling to agree on all three questions.
Donna Pollard’s story is a stark reminder that society changes for the better when we listen to women.
While child marriage is often framed as a traditional practice, in Turkey it is actually largely an economical one.
Last year, India’s highest court ruled that sex with a child was always rape, closing child marriage loopholes in their age of consent laws. Victory celebrations ensued around the world—but reports from India reveal that the ruling has been difficult to enforce at the community level.
Child marriage interrupts the futures of young girls and women around the world—and it has great ramifications on their maternal health.
Jaha Dukureh became a revolutionary when she was forced into marriage at 15—and learned that she had undergone the most severe form of female genital mutilation when she was only a week old. Ms. talked to the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee about her pioneering work, her motivation and what’s next.
Forced child marriage isn’t just a problem abroad. Thousands of U.S. girls are married off each year—often to adult men—in places like the South Bronx and Lincoln City and the Silicon Valley. It’s time state laws protected them.