I grew up a damsel. I am done with that now.
There’s a reason that teen girls don’t speak up more often about their experiences with rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. It’s because they’re afraid.
What do you do when you’re faced with the knowledge that even young children have internalized the kinds of sexist notions that hold girls back? If you’re Audrey Shawley, you roll up your sleeves, grab your female friends and get to work smashing those preconceptions.
In 2015, UN Women declared public space to be “a social good, which should be safe, accessible, inclusive and available for all,” though many youth do not enjoy such accessibility. This is especially true for young women.
Child marriage affects 650 million women and 150 million men worldwide—including the United States and Europe. That’s one girl every 23 seconds.
The Girl Scouts and Breakthrough Music have released a new anthem for young feminists everywhere: “Watch Me Shine,” written by two-time Grammy winner Liz Rose and chart-topping songwriter Emily Shackelton.
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.
In a powerful video, four Syrian peace-builders share a single message to the world: Syrian women have ambitions and capacities to make change.
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.