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 […]

Ethiopia’s Yegna – More girl power than Spice Girls

Ethiopia’s Yegna – More girl power than Spice Girls

Africa Report – Tuesday, 17 December 2013 (originally published 13 Dec) Whilst both Yegna and the Spice Girls were deliberately manufactured, comparisons between the Ethiopian girl group and their British predecessors are simplistic. Yegna are not in it for the money or the fame. It’s a cold and wet afternoon in Addis Ababa and the […]

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 […]

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 […]

South Sudan government should protect girls from early marriage

South Sudan government should protect girls from early marriage

Human Rights Watch  – WNN Improve It (WNN/HRW) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA: The government of South Sudan should increase efforts to protect girls from child marriage, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on the eve of International Women’s Day. The country’s widespread child marriage exacerbates South Sudan’s pronounced gender gaps in school enrollment, contributes […]

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Issa Sikiti da Silva – IPS – Friday, 01 March 2013 (originally published 25 Feb) DAKAR, Feb 25 2013 (IPS) – When Abdoulaye Ba heard his local Imam in Dakar, Senegal, speaking out against child marriage, he found that the idea was not very palatable to him. As head of his family, he had intended […]

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