Child Marriage

Gender equality and empowering girls everywhere

Staff Writer | Aug 10, 2021

There are 4 elements that define gender equality, it means that all persons, regardless of their gender, enjoy the same status in society; have the same entitlements to all human rights, are valued and can take advantage of the same opportunities to make choices about their lives. Read more »

Meet Ayalnesh, a former child bride turned survivor, leader and defender of girls’ rights

| Apr 6, 2021

At age 12, Ayalnesh became a child bride against her will. Now, she's sharing her personal story and stopping child marriages in her community. Read more »

“This nightmare called marriage”: a former child bride shares her story

At age 14, Titi* became a child bride against her will. Now, she's sharing her personal story and warning against child marriage. Read more »

Survivor of child marriage, Samra Zafar, shares 3 harsh realities of her experience

Guest blogger

In her own words, our new Celebrated Ambassador shares her experiences and insights about living as a child bride in a forced marriage in Canada. Read more »

4 serious health consequences of child marriage

Child marriage increases the risk of violence, illness and even death for girls. See 4 of the serious health consequences of child marriage. Read more »

Nearly married at 12: meet the girl who stopped her own wedding

At 12, Yekaba almost married a stranger nearly twice her age. But she knew her rights to say "no" to child marriage. Find out how she stopped her weddding. Read more »

Forced to marry a stranger: a child bride shares her story

Guest blogger

At age 14, Sharina was forced to marry a man she had never met before. Now, she's sharing her personal story and warning against child marriage. Read more »

3 boys championing gender equality and girls’ rights!

Lisa

Meet 3 boys taking action to speak out against negative gender stereotypes and norms, and promoting equal rights in their communities around the world. Read more »

Why these 3 leaders are vowing to end child marriage

Meet 3 bold and inspiring women from around the world and see why they will stop at nothing to end child marriage – for good. Read more »

How Staying in School Can Prevent Child Marriage: Monica’s Story

Monica escaped being forced into marriage because of an ally at school and now she's determined to pursue her education and fight for girls' rights. Read more »

In her own words: A former child bride recounts her nightmare marriage

Guest blogger

At age 15, Latifa became a child bride to a man 20 years older than her. Now, she's sharing her personal story and warning against child marriage. Read more »

Divorced at 17: Life as a Child Bride in Malawi

Survivor of child marriage has a message for other girls in her community: Go to school! See how Dorothy is working to end child marriage in Malawi. Read more »