A report released by UNICEF today highlights some distressing statistics regarding female genital mutilation and child marriage, which as the press release describes, "profoundly and permanently harm girls, denying them their right to make their own decisions and to reach their full potential."
The act of child prostitution is getting a whole 'nother level of terrible in Hyderabad, India. A 17-year-old girl who was sold to a Sudanese man as a "one month wife" ran away from her so-called husband, exposing the increase of such sham marriages for the purpose of sex tourism in the the country. The phenomenon is…
Today, October 11, 2012, heralds the first International Day of the Girl Child, which the United Nations Population Fund, working in concert with VII Photo, will observe with an exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York featuring photography and video productions from Jessica Dimmock and Stephanie…
From a National Geographic essay accompanying an equally devastating photo series on child brides, on one girl married at eight: "She had been keeping a diary throughout high school. One of the entries read, in carefully lettered Hindi: 'In front of my eyes, I'll never ever allow child marriages to happen. I'll save…
- Members of the Iranian women's rugby team took to the field in Italy for their first European game ever. The athletes wore veils and long-sleeves. One player explains: "The whole team has learnt how to keep the veil in place."
• Last Friday afternoon, a woman taking an adult education class at the Met lost her balance and fell onto a Picasso painting. "The Actor," a painting from Picasso's Roe Period, suffered a six-inch tear in its lower right-hand corner.
Two years ago, Nujood Ali's story made the 8-year-old child bride famous. She appeared on multiple television and award shoes, and in 2008, Glamour named her their "woman" of the year. But despite the fame, little has changed for Nujood.
A Texas child welfare official testified on Tuesday regarding her department's raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch, "The action we took, I believe, has changed the behavior of this organization."
A Saudi judge has, for a second time, refused to annul a marriage between an eight-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man.
• This Russian ad for Duet ice cream has been slammed for its racist overtones. In addition to featuring a strange caricature, the ad (insultingly?) calls the chocolate/vanilla bar the "flavor of the week." •
This week's topic on the hidden camera series What Would You Do? was ripped from the headlines: Would people help a 15-year old girl from a polygamist sect who is being forced to marry?
Saudi Arabia’s most senior Muslim cleric has recently been quoted as saying it's acceptable for girls as young as 10 years old to marry.