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Child Marriages In Africa Are Increasing At Frightening Rates

A new UNICEF report has some harrowing news. If rates of growth continue, the number of child brides in Africa could more than double by 2050.<p>The …

Dick Van Dyke Jokes (and Cuts a Rug) with His 'Child Bride' Arlene on Oprah: Where Are They Now?

<i>She makes him feel so young, she makes him feel there are songs to be sung!</i><p>In an exclusive sneak peek at Saturday’s <i>Oprah: Where Are They Now?</i>, Dick …

Comedy

Syrian mother's agony: why I made my teenage daughter become a child bride

Mothers explain why they pushed their girls into marrying older men to protect them from rape and kidnap<p>One of the many wretched consequences of the Syrian war is the sudden insecurity felt by millions of female refugees, deprived (sometimes permanently) of their menfolk, left to fend for their …

An Indian child bride is facing a $25,000 fine for rejecting her arranged marriage

The family of a 19-year-old Indian girl has been ostracized and fined 1.6 million rupees ($25,000) by a village council after she rejected a marriage arranged when she was a baby, the girl and her parents said on Wednesday.<p>Santadevi Meghwal, from the western desert state of Rajasthan, said she was …

India

Protecting girls' futures by ending child marriage

Child marriage can take away a girl's opportunity to choose her own future. Around the world, an estimated 700 million girls are in child marriages and 250 million of them were brides before the age of 15, the UN reports. Consequently, many girls stop going to school, face threats of domestic abuse …

Citizen Journalism

A child bride at 10, Afghanistan's youngest female rapper breaks silence through music

A “good girl” in Afghanistan is one who keeps quiet about all matters concerning her. A “good girl” won’t talk about her future. A “good girl” should …

"When My Mother Told Me They Had To Sell Me, My Heart Broke Down"

Sonita Alizadeh escaped being a child bride. Now she's pursuing a career in rap.<p>Sonita Alizadeh says she was just 10 years old when her parents …

Staged Wedding Shoot Highlights Heartbreaking Reality About Child Brides In Lebanon

"I was jogging but my feet froze when I saw her."<p>That's what one bystander in Lebanon said upon seeing a young girl in a wedding dress posing with what appeared to be a groom old enough to be her grandfather.<p>This shocked reaction was one of many captured in a video released this week by Lebanese …

Brazil

Love conquers all? Not for child brides who choose neither sweetheart nor spouse

On Valentine’s Day, keep in mind the thousands of child brides for whom girlish romantic dreams have given way to hellish, unrelenting trauma, says Ashley Judd<p>As a girl in school, I loved Valentine’s Day. I’d make a card, with a boy, my best friend, my mum, or my grandparents in mind, and pop the …

Dramatic Video Shows Stark Contrast Between Life As A Child Bride And As A School Girl

Girls give up a lot when they are forced into marriage.<p>A video produced by UNICEF highlights how different life is for a child bride as compared to a girl who can access an education.<p>The PSA -- which focuses on child brides in Chad -- begins with a girl who died during childbirth. It follows the …

Gender

Ethiopia's child brides see marriage as key to jobs abroad, says thinktank

On eve of Girl Summit, ODI reveals trend of girls entering early marriages followed by swift divorces to migrate for family's sake<p>Up a bumpy, winding dirt track in the mountains of northern Ethiopia, past two bulls chewing pasture and a rondavel built from sticks and cow dung, is the modest home of …

Iranian child bride faces execution for killing the man she was forced to marry

Iran's judiciary urged to halt Razieh Ebrahimi's execution as international law prohibits execution for crimes by juveniles<p>Razieh Ebrahimi was forced to marry at the age of 14, became a mother at 15, and killed her husband at 17. Now at 21, she is on Iran's death row.<p>Ebrahimi, who shot dead her …

Yemeni child bride, eight, 'dies on wedding night'

Yemen locals claim a girl has died of internal bleeding after marrying a man five times her age, but official denies allegations<p>An eight-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal bleeding on her wedding night after marrying a man five times her age, a social activist and two local residents said, …