The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) launched a Week of Action against Child Marriage on Capitol Hill yesterday. This week of action aims to encourage US lawmakers to pass 2 prevention of child marriage bills, according to Women's eNews. One of these bills, HR3175 (see PDF), would establish a fund that would grant money to USAID missions focused on preventing forced child marriage.
The Population Council estimates that one-third of girls living in the developing world, excluding China, are married before the age of 18, and one in seven girls in the developing world marry before they turn 15. The Population Council says that if present conditions of child marriage continue unchecked, over 100 million girls will be married within the next ten years.
The centerpiece of the Week of Action against Child Marriage is this yearís UNICEF Photo of the Year photo by Stephanie Sinclair, an American freelance photographer. The photo depicts a forty-year-old man marrying an eleven-year-old girl in Afghanistan. The girlís parents explained to Sinclair that, "We needed the money."
Eva Luise Kohler, UNICEF patron, said of Sinclairís photo at the awards ceremony, "The UNICEF Photo of the Year 2007 raises awareness about a worldwide problem. Millions of girls are married while they are still underage. Most of these child brides are forever denied a self-determined life."
Media Resources: Womenís eNews 02/26/08; UNICEF; Population Council; UN Commission on the Status of Women; Forced Marriage Report of the Girl Child 2008; International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2007 (HR 3175)
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"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
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The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
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"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .