Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

March 04, 2015
Girls Club at the Merawi Primary School in Ethiopia

Girls Club at the Merawi Primary School in Ethiopia.

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Jay Court

Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

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March 04, 2015

This month, America Abroad travels to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal and Pakistan to talk to individuals and organizations working to change laws and change minds about child marriage. We also talk to Mabel van Oranje, the founder of Girls Not Brides, who aims to end child marriage in one generation.

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Saving teen girls from early marriage — and mutilation

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A practice that often goes along with child marriage is female genital mutilation — the tradition of cutting a girl's clitoris before she marries. It's estimated that 125 million women and girls have had that done to them. And advocates say you can’t address child marriage without addressing this practice.

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South Asian leaders try new ways to reduce child marriage

UNICEF reports that Nepal is among the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage — and its location in South Asia places it in the region with the most child marriages in the world. But the Nepalese government and local NGOs have been working together over the past few years to end the practice once and for all.

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