Asia child marriage initiative examines child marriage in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan

Jessica Buchleitner with Alessandra Tranquilli- WNN Interviews (WNN) Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, ASIA –  Plan International is a nonprofit organization working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and provide better opportunities for millions of children through 21 national organizations. In 2014 and 2015, as part of the Asia Child Marriage […]

[UK] New law against forced marriage takes effect

[UK] New law against forced marriage takes effect

 PA – Independent – Wednesday, 18 June 2014 (originally published 16 Jun) Forced marriage is “a tragedy for each and every victim”, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, said as a new law outlawing the practice came into effect. From today, forcing someone into marriage will carry a maximum seven-year jail term under the 2014 Anti-Social […]

Syrian society breaks as women & girls face hardship crisis

Syrian society breaks as women & girls face hardship crisis

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Syria’s civil war has caused a big increase in ‘honor killings’ and child marriages and the breakdown of the healthcare system, a British-Syrian doctor said on Wednesday. Healthcare has also become a ‘weapon of war’ for the government, which […]

Film Review: ‘Hush! [Iran] Girls Don’t Scream’

Film Review: ‘Hush! [Iran] Girls Don’t Scream’

David Chew – Variety – Friday, 29 November 2013 (originally published 26 Nov) It’s sadly not surprising that an angry film about pedophilia, and a closed society’s horrifically inept efforts to confront it, still needed to be made in Iran. Nor should we be complacent about conditions closer to home, though you’d have to dig […]

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Suad Abu-Dayyeh for Equaltiy Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EQ) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: The Human Rights Ministry of Yemen has confirmed that one of its officials has helped to prevent the wedding of a 12-year-old girl, which was due to take place earlier this month. Hiba was to be married in Taiz, Southern Yemen, but […]

Zambia’s government steps up to the plate to help its girls

Zambia’s government steps up to the plate to help its girls

Lillian Banda – WNN Improve It (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, EASTERN AFRICA: The Zambian Government has vowed to eliminate early marriages and violence against children. Ministry of Gender and Child Development Permanent Secretary Anne Sinyangwe told the Third Committee of the United Nations, which was discussing the ‘Promotion and protection of the rights of children” on […]

AFRICA: Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

AFRICA: Traditional Chiefs in Zambia work to stop child marriage

Lillian Banda – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, EASTERN AFRICA: If recent developments are anything to go by, the campaign to end child marriages is steadily gaining momentum in Zambia. Since its launch in April this year with Zambia’s First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba, the campaign has received a rising amount of support from key […]

[India] Male voices speak out to end violence against women

[India] Male voices speak out to end violence against women

Katherine Boyle – Washington Post – Friday, 05 April 2013 (originally posted on 01 Apr) On Tuesday evening, when Vice President Biden takes the stage at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, he’ll honor a certain kind of humanitarian working to end violence against women: men. At the nonprofit organization’s annual Kennedy Center event, Biden […]

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