Month: June 2015

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Lemon in Cambodia

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling exploded into my life as Twitter and Facebook became covered in rainbows. I have never been more proud of the people in my life as when the United States of America legalised same sex marriage throughout all fifty states. It didn’t matter if the people posting were gay, straight, bisexual or identified as anything else, all I saw were messages of love and congratulations.

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And why should I have seen anything else? Who has the right to tell anyone whom they should and should not love? I also believe that love has very little to do with gender. You don’t fall in love with someone’s genitals, you fall in love with the person. Therefore it seems ludicrous to have laws for or against two people marrying based on their gender.

37 of the 50 states in America had already legalised gay marriage. The…

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Confessions of a (bad) feminist.

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Roxane Gay betrays secrets and tells about her experience of being a (bad) feminist living with different ideologies.

The problem is not that she makes herself economically vulnerable in that choice, the problem is that our society is set up to make women economically vulnerable when they chose. Let’s deal with that!

Watch her humorous TED Talk:

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CRC CALLS FOR GENDER INCLUSION IN LIBERIA CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

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Speaking Friday before an audience of journalists and leaders of women’s groups at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Scott averred that by reporting on such issues, the media can spark a national conversation and lead to advancement for Liberian women. However, if Liberia continues to ignore women’s concerns Scott warned, there could be negative consequences.

Issues largely affect women like rape, teen pregnancy, and prostitution dominated Friday’s discussions as did the plight of pregnant women during the Ebola crisis, the prevalence of sex for grades in the education system and cohabitation within society that leaves women at a disadvantage. Said Cllr. Scott: “The whole continent is advancing, and we are still at the level where our children do not know subject verb.”

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“After momentous week, Obama’s presidency is reborn”

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CHARLESTON, SC - JUNE 26:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service June 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, is accused of killing nine people on June 17th during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) CHARLESTON, SC – JUNE 26: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney’s funeral service June 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, is accused of killing nine people on June 17th during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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CHILD MARRIAGE

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Through the research, ICRW is leading efforts to find solutions that will eliminate the harmful practice of child marriage and provide support to already married adolescents.

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HOW YOU
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on behalf of women and girls worldwide.

Child marriage most often occurs in poor, rural communities. In many regions, parents arrange their daughter’s marriage unbeknownst to the girl. That can mean that one day, she may be at home playing with her siblings and the next, she’s married off and sent to live in another village with her husband and his family – strangers, essentially. She is pulled out of school. She is separated from her peers. And once married, she is more likely to be a victim of domestic violence and suffer health complications associated with early sexual activity and childbearing.

ICRW’s early research provided a deeper understanding of the scope, causes and consequences of child marriage. Now, our experts are focused on how to prevent – and ultimately end – the practice.

10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

Support ICRW’s work to reduce child marriage and improve the lives of adolescent girls.
Let others know this is a global problem that prevents girls from reaching their full potential. Bookmark and share ICRW’s Child Marriage Facts & Figures web page.
Follow ICRW on Twitter.
Spread the word about the harmful consequences of child marriage using Twitter.

Sample tweet: According to @icrw, if present #childmarriage trends continue, 150 million girls will marry over the next decade. http://bit.ly/cO8GN6
 
Watch and share our web video about child marriage, The Bride Price: Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide.
Connect with ICRW on Facebook.
Subscribe to our e-blast to receive updates on how ICRW is working to combat child marriage.
Learn more about ICRW’s efforts to engage the United States government to prevent child marriage.
Sign the GirlUp petition to thank the Senate for passing the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act.”
Read National Geographic’s “Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides.”
THE ISSUE: CHILD MARRIAGE

Child marriage, defined as marriage before age 18, devastates the lives of girls, their families and their communities. Widespread in many developing countries, child brides number over 70 million worldwide. In some countries, more than half of the girls are married before they turn 18.

The June edition of National Geographic features the photography of Stephanie Sinclair and includes interviews with ICRW experts on child marriage.
This harmful practice is most common in poor, rural communities, and its consequences only perpetuate the cycle of poverty. More often than not, child brides are pulled out of school, depriving them of an education and meaningful work. They suffer health risks associated with early sexual activity and childbearing, leading to high rates of maternal and child mortality as well as sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. And they are more likely to be victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and social isolation.

Though child marriage is entrenched in tradition and culture, change is possible. Very often, girls and their parents want to delay marriage but lack options. Governments and communities are actively working to discourage the practice by raising awareness of the adverse consequences for girls, running programs that provide girls with viable alternatives to marriage, and demanding more effective enforcement of existing laws that condemn child marriage. With the right mix of effective programs, policies and political will, millions of girls will have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

OUR ROLE

ICRW’s focus on child marriage emerged from our work to improve the lives of adolescents. Through early projects in India and Nepal, we found that child marriage was a significant and recurring problem, particularly for girls. Our research efforts set out to understand the scope, causes and consequences in order to find solutions. Collaborating with local partners, we’ve designed effective programs that work with girls and boys, their families and communities to delay marriage. We have evaluated projects and programs to determine how and why they work. And we’ve used our research evidence to educate national and international policymakers on the urgent need for leadership and action.