Child marriage is entrenched in Nigeria’s Becheve community: Girls as young as 10 are sold as “money wives” to older men. Recently, boys in the large tribe that encompasses 17 villages have been helping their fathers transact business  by using Facebook to post photos of “…

For scores of girls in Laos’ Hmong ethnic minority community, the beginning of marriage means being abducted from school, or ripped from their beds by groups of young men. An embedded tradition, many girls expect it, and often know their captors, who avoid marriage…

A midwife forced to deliver the babies of ISIS militants who captured Raqqa, Syria in 2014 recounted her nightmare. ISIS Husbands, Nasr said, barely trusted her; they wouldn’t let her give their laboring wives—including many Syrian teenagers as young as 13 years old—pain…

An increase in child marriage is a startling consequence of climate change. In countries like Bangladesh, where already 52% of girls are married before 18, families anticipating or dealing with financial difficulty from natural disasters like floods, droughts and storms…

According to the nonprofit coalition Girls Not Brides, 76% of girls in Nigeria’s northwest are married before they turn 18. Lamido Sanusi II, Nigeria’s 2nd highest Islamic authority, is on a mission to change that. Although Nigeria has set the legal age for marriage at 18…

Ending child marriage could return more than $4 trillion to the global economy, according to a new study publications by the World Bank and the International Center for Research on Women.

With at least 17% of girls marrying before the legal age of 18, Georgia has one of the highest child-marriage rates in Europe, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Often off-the-record, with parents refraining from registering them for several years, child…

NPR’s Goats and Soda blog continues its series on child brides with a report by Nurith Aizenman on the Veerni Institute in Jodhpur, India. Founded by Swiss philanthropist Jacqueline de Chollet, the institute provides free boarding and education for 75 girls, many of them…

Tanzania passed a new law making child marriage illegal under any circumstances, with a 30-year jail term for Tanzanian men who marry or impregnate schoolgirls. The law focuses on protecting girls, but is also designed to work hand-in-hand with Tanzania's free education…

It’s been a busy 10 days for UNFPA executive director Babatunde Osotimehin. Last week, he spoke at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen. Then Monday at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, he called on delegates to put women, children and young people at the…