These Cambodian women were promised a better life in China. Instead, they became pawns in a flourishing bride market.
“Girls from my home have their future lost or destroyed. This is something I can’t accept.”
On this International Women's Day, as we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, we must remember that without control over their own bodies and without choices about if, when, and how often to have children, the scope and breadth of women's ambitions is ultimately, and irrevocably, limited.
This is the unthinkable choice that faces many struggling Afghani women today. Daughters as young as eleven years of age can be sold for significant amounts of money. This heart-breaking practice ensures mouths will be fed. Sometimes there seems to be no other option.
It is evident that this girl, like so many other girls at Waa, sees the value of education. I first understood this while conducting an Agree-Disagree debate activity with a group of girls, age 13, at Waa.
Valentine's Day allows us to show that romance is not dead. It's the opportunity - whether we are long married or still in the first flush of a relationship - to say how happy we are with our partner. But there is nothing romantic about millions of child marriages that take place every year.
Girls give up a lot when they are forced into marriage. "Girls who are married before their 18th birthdays are not only denied
The International Day of the Girl Child is on a par with the worthy treaties some world leaders sign and then fail to implement. 190 governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children.
She added that child marriage is also an issue related to sexual health, as marrying and having children at a young age puts
Female genital mutilation: A UNICEF study suggests at least 30 million girls will be at risk of FGM over the next decade