In India, women — viewed as either the husband’s or father’s property — cannot make decisions about their own marriages. But a new decision made by Muslim bodies and Islamic scholars says that under Sharia law, a woman cannot be married against her will.
Although ideas regarding men’s right to ownership over ‘their’ women in intimate relationships can be found across communities, the practice of cohabitation between under-aged females and older men is predominantly found in communities marked by poverty.
We don’t view teen pregnancies as a travesty when the teen is not American. And why not? Consider this fact: Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 worldwide.
The image of an eleven-year-old girl with her forty-year-old fiancé has been named photo of the year by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The “Gulabi Gang” – women in India donning pink saris – are taking a stand against gender inequity, child marriage and social injustice, employing techniques that shame the accused.
One young woman’s thoughts on how youth voices did not get the attention they deserved at Women Deliver.
For the millions of child brides in the Asian continent, marriage is the vehicle that transports girls into a zone of exploitation beyond redemption – precisely because marriage enjoys protection as a societal sanction.
Think that child marriage only happens in the developing world? Think again – a fundamentalist sect of Mormonism has been marrying the young girls in their community to men two or even three times their age.
RH Reality Check’s Emily Douglas speaks with Maria Hinojosa about her new documentary on child marriage for NOW on PBS, “Child Brides, Stolen Lives.” Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning journalist and author, has been a senior correspondent at NOW since 2005.
Too often, American policy makers claim that the United States should not get involved in addressing child marriage because the practice is rooted in cultural or religious traditions.