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As we usher out 2012, the New Year lies before us like a clean slate, urging us to draw upon it something beautiful, meaningful and memorable.

How about drawing an end to child marriage, a practice that ruins young lives, destroys potential and cripples entire communities?

At Too Young To Wed, we think that’s a fine resolution to adopt for 2013, and we hope you’ll join us in reaching for that goal.

Stephanie Sinclair/VII

Stephanie Sinclair/VII

It’s likely one that will take us longer than 365 days to realize, but every effort that empowers girls, keeps them safe, encourages them to stay in school and educates families and communities on the importance of delaying marriage is a step in the right direction.

In that vein, we share with you now some of the global efforts underway to curb child marriage. These are but a few of the programs out there, and we’d love to hear more about what activities are going on in your own communities, so please feel free to share them with us.

Happy New Year to all of you!


An appeal from Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the UK and UN special envoy for global education: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gordon-brown/practice-of-child-brides_b_2294157.html?utm_hp_ref=politics


Work in Afghanistan: http://www.unfpa.org/public/cache/offonce/home/news/pid/12296


Empowering girls in Nepal: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/12167


Educational efforts in Ethiopia: http://www.unfpa.org/public/global/pid/306


Educational efforts in Oman, through puppetry: http://www.comminit.com/global/content/puppetry-theatre-training-course-trainers-pttt-oman


Efforts in Turkey: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/11/10/Turkey-takes-steps-to-outlaw-child-brides/UPI-12851352564212/#ixzz2FicklgHP


Efforts in Pakistan: http://dawn.com/2012/12/15/to-stop-child-marriage-bill-to-fix-marrying-age-for-girls-at-18/


Plan UK’s efforts, working with religious and community leaders worldwide: http://www.plan-uk.org/what-we-do/campaigns/because-i-am-a-girl/get-involved/take-the-vow/child-marriage/pGPeFqvp2cU


The International Center for Research on Women’s efforts in southern Asia: http://www.icrw.org/publications/child-marriage-southern-asia