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Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage
Photo credit: © Ollivier Girard

14 million girls are married each year as children, fundamentally limiting their health, education, future prosperity, and well-being.

America Abroad, an award-winning program distributed by Public Radio International, spoke with Annabel Erulkar, the Population Council’s Ethiopia country director, to highlight her path-breaking work on ending child marriage.

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“Underage Brides Are Everywhere”

The New York Times documents child marriage in Guatemalan villages, where about 53% of women age 20–24 marry before age 18, and 13% before age 15, according to Population Council research cited in the report.

Reporting and photography by journalist Stephanie Sinclair.

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Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting within a Generation

Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting within a Generation
Photo credit: Population Council

February 6th marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

FGM/C is a severe violation of girls’ and women’s human rights, may cause immediate and lifelong trauma, and has no health benefits. More than 120 million girls and women have already undergone FGM/C, and up to 30 million girls under age 15 are currently at risk.

Building on decades of research on FGM/C, the Population Council has received an award from the UK Department for International Development that will expand the Council’s comprehensive research agenda to illuminate the dynamics of FGM/C and generate empirical evidence on interventions to encourage its abandonment.

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Can Teaching Kenyan Girls to Save Money Also Save Them from HIV?

Can Teaching Kenyan Girls to Save Money Also Save Them from HIV?

PBS NewsHour covers a Council program in Kenya that gives girls in Nairobi slums the tools they need to lead healthier, more productive lives. The Safe and Smart Savings program has already reached more than 11,000 adolescents in Kenya and is being expanded to an additional 8,000.