Too Young To Wed

@tooyoungtowed

Protect Girls' Rights. End Child Marriage.


  • 2 days ago
    Yesterday, I spent the day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with my friend and colleague, Helena Minchew @notorioushtm, @IWHC's Program Officer for US Foreign Policy and Advocacy and co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA. Together, we conveyed the tragic experiences of the girls featured in @tooyoungtowed's latest project, Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria which was featured in the @NYTimes and supported by the @FordFoundation. . We met with staffers from the offices of Senator Marco Rubio @marcorubiofla, Senator Dick Durbin @durbincampaign and my own representative from NY, Congresswoman Nita Lowey @nitalowey and advocated for their continued support of women and girls, particularly in finding the thousands of girls who remain missing in Nigeria, as well as help for those who have escaped their abductions and forced marriages to Boko Haram fighters. #tooyoungtowed #endchildmarriage #girls #girlpower💪 #women
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  • 10 days ago
    Sumitra, 10, cares for her younger brother, 11-month-old Kusum, when her parents are too busy with work. I first met her mother when she was 9-months pregnant with Sumatra. Her parents were just 14 and 16 years old. Nepal - which already had one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage - experienced a massive earthquake two years ago this month. Rates of child marriage are known to increase in the wake of natural disasters and other emergency situations. Nepal: A Fragile State, a film I co-directed for @tooyoungtowed, tells this family’s story and recently had it’s film festival premier during the 18th annual Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival in Sarasota, FL. Hosted by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the United States National Committee for UN Women, the film festival aims to feature women filmmakers, subjects or issues of interest to women, according to the organization’s co-president, Elizabeth Scott Osborne. The proceeds from the festival go toward global programs to support women, and it has also served as an opportunity to shed light on women’s issues and the circumstances surrounding female filmmakers. #women #girls #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed
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  • about 1 month ago
    Grace, 14, shares her thoughts about learning in school, women she admires and some of the challenges faced in her community. Grace lives in a village in Northern Malawi where child marriage and early pregnancy remain highly prevalent despite best efforts being made by community members, village chiefs, and the girls themselves. Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with approximately 1 in 2 girls married by the age of 18. #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn 📷 @cmpiaia
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  • about 1 month ago
    Steria, 16, shares her thoughts about returning to school. Forced into marriage at age 14, Steria gave birth at 15 and will return to school after her marriage was ended with the help of a regional legal clinic. TYTW's @cmpiaia spent time volunteering at the Legal and Justice Clinic- a legal services clinic led by a team of Malawian lawyers and paralegals who provide free legal services on issues related to gender based violence, early, child and forced marriages and trafficking. Steria lives Northern Malawi where child marriage and early pregnancy remain highly prevalent despite best efforts being made by community members, village chiefs, and the girls themselves. Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with approximately 1 in 2 girls married by the age of 18. #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn
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  • 3 months ago
    "My parents refused to give me away in marriage. So they killed them in front of me," said Hawa in November. They then turned to her grandfather. "What do you have to say?" the fighters asked. He reluctantly acquiesced and they handed him a few thousand Nigerian naira, roughly 10 dollars. The men carried Hawa away. "I was terrified," said Hawa, recalling that night in September 2014. Too Young to Wed is proud to announce the release of our newest multimedia collaboration with the Ford Foundation and the New York Times Sunday Review: "Child, Mother, Bride: Nigeria.” Please use the link in our profile to see the full project. The kidnapping of young girls by separatist militants, Boko Haram, was not uncommon in northern Nigeria, yet it was only when the group abducted 276 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the town of Chibok in 2014 that the world took notice. With the mantra “Bring Back Our Girls,” the issue exploded on social media. But with little news from the remote region, the public’s interest waned. Nearly three years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has lead to the kidnapping of some 25,000 girls in the region. Our presentation includes photographs and personal statements from formerly kidnapped girls, now returned to an uncertain life in urban Nigeria; and culminates with a short film highlighting one girls' harrowing journey. Photo by @stephsinclairpix. #endchildmarriage #equality #women #bringbackourgirls #color #girls #tooyoungtowed #nigeria
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  • 3 months ago
    In northern Nigeria we met with with about 30 girls who had been abducted and forced to wed some of the world’s most violent men. They spoke of being caged for months, of friends set on fire, of being forced into marriage and sexually assaulted by men who “smelled of blood.” Please see the link in our profile to watch the video and see the whole multimedia project, a collaboration with @fordfoundation published in @nytimes Sunday Review. Video directed by @stephsinclairpix, co-directed and filmed by @nicholesobecki and edited by @erinbrethauer #BringBackAllOurGirls #endchildmarriage #equality #women #bringbackourgirls #nigeria #africa #photojournalism
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  • 3 months ago
    Hussaina, 14, visits her sister Aisha, 17. Five girls from their family were abducted by Boko Haram. Hussaina, who was abducted at the age of 11, said she decided to escape with one of her sisters after hearing talk of their impending marriages. "Any time the insurgents suspected we were planning an escape, they would refuse us food,” said Hussaina. "They wanted us to be weak so we could not attempt to escape.” Too Young to Wed is proud to announce the release of our newest multimedia collaboration with the Ford Foundation and the New York Times Sunday Review: "Child, Mother, Bride: Nigeria.” Please use the link in our profile to see the full project. The kidnapping of young girls by separatist militants, Boko Haram, was not uncommon in northern Nigeria, yet it was only when the group abducted 276 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the town of Chibok in 2014 that the world took notice. With the mantra “Bring Back Our Girls,” the issue exploded on social media. But with little news from the remote region, the public’s interest waned. Nearly three years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has lead to the kidnapping of some 25,000 girls in the region. Our presentation includes photographs and personal statements from formerly kidnapped girls, now returned to an uncertain life in urban Nigeria; and culminates with a short film edited by @erinbrethauer and filmed by @nicholesobecki. Photo by @stephsinclairpix one girls' harrowing journey. #endchildmarriage #equality #women #bringbackourgirls #color #girls #tooyoungtowed #nigeria
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  • 3 months ago
    Here's a short clip from our video from the 'Child, Bride, Mother' series for the @nytimes (just scroll to the bottom of the piece to watch the rest). The video tells the story of Aisha, a 17-year-old girl from northern Nigeria who was abducted by Boko Haram and forced into marriage. After three and a half years in captivity she escaped, only to arrive in Maiduguri homeless and three months pregnant. It's a difficult story but - with thousands of women and girls still in captivity - one that needs our attention and action. "My dream for the future is for God to help me,” Aisha said. “And those who are still in the forest to escape." Please see the link in our profile to watch the rest of the video and see the whole multimedia project. Video directed by @stephsinclairpix, co-directed and filmed by @nicholesobecki and edited by @erinbrethauer #endchildmarriage #equality #women #bringbackourgirls #color #girls #tooyoungtowed #nigeria
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  • 3 months ago
    Dada, 14, holds her 18-month-old daughter Hussaina at their home, where she lives with her mother. Dada was abducted with her older sister when she was just 10 years old, and forced to wed a Boko Haram insurgent. “We gathered under a tree and married,” Dada told me last November. "I felt like a living ghost,” she said. "I was not afraid to escape, being alive in that camp was already the worst thing that could happen to me.” Too Young to Wed is proud to announce the release of our newest multimedia collaboration with the Ford Foundation and the New York Times Sunday Review: "Child, Mother, Bride: Nigeria.” Please use the link in my profile to see the full project. The kidnapping of young girls by separatist militants, Boko Haram, was not uncommon in northern Nigeria, yet it was only when the group abducted 276 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the town of Chibok in 2014 that the world took notice. With the mantra “Bring Back Our Girls,” the issue exploded on social media. But with little news from the remote region, the public’s interest waned. Nearly three years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has lead to the kidnapping of some 25,000 girls in the region. Our presentation includes photographs and personal statements from formerly kidnapped girls, now returned to an uncertain life in urban Nigeria; and culminates with a short film highlighting one girls' harrowing journey. Photo by @stephsinclairpix. #endchildmarriage #equality #women #bringbackourgirls #color #girls #tooyoungtowed #nigeria
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  • 3 months ago
    Too Young to Wed is proud to announce the release of our newest multimedia collaboration with the Ford Foundation and the New York Times Sunday Review: "Child, Mother, Bride: Nigeria.” Please use the link in my profile to see the full project. The kidnapping of young girls by separatist militants, Boko Haram, was not uncommon in northern Nigeria, yet it was only when the group abducted 276 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the town of Chibok in 2014 that the world took notice. With the mantra “Bring Back Our Girls,” the issue exploded on social media. But with little news from the remote region, the public’s interest waned. Nearly three years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has lead to the kidnapping of some 25,000 girls in the region. Our presentation includes photographs and personal statements from formerly kidnapped girls, now returned to an uncertain life in urban Nigeria; and culminates with a short film highlighting one girls' harrowing journey. Photo by @stephsinclairpix. #endchildmarriage #equality #women #bringbackourgirls #color #girls #tooyoungtowed #nigeria
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  • 3 months ago
    One more post from yesterday's @womensmarch of one of the most poignant signs I saw. Photo by @stephsinclairpix #ourchildrenarewatching #womensmarch #equality #girls #nyc #women
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  • 3 months ago
    Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Women raised their voices globally in support of today's Women's March on Washington. According to the New York Times, the 'platform calls for a broad range of reforms to address not only gender inequity but also racial and economic inequality. It supports paid family leave; anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans; access to affordable reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion; an end to the use of military-style weapons and tactics by the police in minority communities; a living minimum wage; immigration reform, with a path to citizenship; and protection of the environment and public lands.' #womensrightsarehumanrights#unapologetic #nyc #womensmarch #nastywomen
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