14-Year-Old Forced Into Marriage Kills Husband More Than Twice Her Age

When Nigerian 14-year-old Wasila Umaru was forced into a marriage with a 35-year-old man, she was terrified and didn't know what to do. In this state of emergency she did the only thing she could think of: she poisoned her husband in the hopes that she would not have to share her body or her life with him, a man whom… » 4/12/14 3:30pm 4/12/14 3:30pm

Child Brides Are the Heartbreaking Subjects of Photojournalist…

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… » 10/11/12 9:15pm 10/11/12 9:15pm

Indian 'Baby Bride' Makes History by Successfully Having Her Marriage…

Laxmi Sargara, an 18-year-old girl from India who was entered into an arranged marriage when she was just a year old, made the brave decision to fight against her forced union, and now she's won an annulment. While child marriages are technically illegal in India, many families in rural communities still engage in… » 4/26/12 10:00am 4/26/12 10:00am

Marriage Before Eighteen Linked To Psychological Problems

One of the first studies to look at child marriage and mental health has found that American women who married before age 18 are at increased risk of psychological problems. » 9/06/11 9:30am 9/06/11 9:30am

India's Child Brides Say "I Don't"

Inspired in part by Rekha Kalindi, increasing numbers of young Indian girls are refusing to submit to child marriage. As an article in today's Los Angeles Times makes clear, no small feat: » 11/13/09 1:00pm 11/13/09 1:00pm

Until Divorce Do Us Part

An 8-year-old Saudi girl, whose mother petitioned for a divorce after her father married her off to a 50-year-old friend, has been granted an annulment after the husband "agreed" the marriage wasn't legal. [BBC] » 4/30/09 3:20pm 4/30/09 3:20pm