Too Young to Wed

Too Young to Wed @tooyoungtowed

Protect Girls' Rights. End Child Marriage.
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Happy International Day of the Girl 2017! We are thrilled to announce that the @NYTimes shared the work of @tooyoungtowed's amazingly talented Tehani Photo Workshop participants, all survivors of child marriage rescued by the @samburugirlsfdn. In this image Anita, 15, is photographed by Jane, 15, at the Ngari Hill Eco-Lodge in Maralal, Kenya. “I would like to tell the world to educate the girls. If you educate the girls, you have educated the whole world,” Jane said. To see the whole story, please visit the link in our bio. #canonusa #canoncps #idg2017 #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed #photography #girls #protectgirlsrights
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // I first heard Malala Yousafzai speak at the New York City home of a philanthropist in 2013. She was barely 16 at the time, just a year after the Taliban tried to silence her with an assassination attempt for her outspokenness. I remember being struck by how mature she sounded, even then, as she confidently advised those fighting for girls’ rights. The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala has taken her own advice to heart, traveling the world with the @malalafund, lending support to other young activists promoting girls’ rights in their own communities and urging global leaders to make educating girls a priority. Fresh off her six-month Girl Power Trip – during which she discussed barriers to education with girls in the U.S., Canada, Iraq, Nigeria and Mexico – Malala returned to New York last week to address the United Nations General Assembly on the importance of investing in girls’ futures. Now 20, Malala reflected last week on a childhood friend who “suddenly disappeared” from their classroom at age 11. When Malala caught up with her three years later, the girl explained she’d gotten married and had a child. “So a child at the age of 14 had a child and became a mother,” she said. “I think this is something that is completely unacceptable. We need to let these girls be children and have their life, and be independent. We cannot let them get married at the age of 11, at the age of 12. It is a very important issue that we have to address. One way is making sure they have access to education.” #women #girlpower #malala #girls #survivor #courage
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Obstetric fistula survivor Kadiatu, 15, reacts to being able to walk safely and independently with the use of splints on her feet. She was participating in "Fistula Camp" at the Aberdeen Women's Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating and serious childbirth injuries and is the result of extreme pressure and tissue damage during prolonged or obstructed labor. When the fetus cannot fit through the young mother’s pelvis due to her small stature stature, and if a Caesarean section delivery is not available to end the ordeal, the baby is usually stillborn and a fistula — or abnormal opening between the vagina and rectum or bladder — forms, resulting in severe incontinence. In many cases, like Kadiatu’s, girls can also experience peroneal nerve injury, resulting in leg weakness, foot drop and difficulty in walking. The women and girls who attended the Fistula Camp underwent surgeries to repair their fistulas, treat their decreased mobility, and improve their self-esteem. This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Paris. The show ends tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 24, and is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed. For more information about the exhibition please visit the link to my blog listed in my bio @stephsinclairpix . #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed #sierraleone #family #photojournalism #girls #education #letgirlslearn
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // A young wife with her husband and four children in Yemen. The World Health Organization reports an estimated 16 million adolescents between 15 and 19 – and another 1 million under the age of 15 – give birth each year. The younger the bride is when married, the less say she will have in family planning and the more likely it is that she will have complications during delivery. This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Défense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo, including this one. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through this Sunday, Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the global practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @tooyoungtowed. To learn more about the exhibition please visit the link to my blog in my bio @stephsinclairpix . #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed #girls #letgirlslearn #photojournalism #exhibition #yemen #paris
Child marriage survivors play with their cameras at the @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop exhibition in Maralal, Kenya. Photo by @nicholesobecki . Named after an eight year old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for the rights of girls’ and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #canoncps
Photo by @stephsinclairpix // Modestar, age 15, gets reacquainted with her camera as she prepares to be a student mentor in @tooyoungtowed's second Tehani Photo Workshop in Maralal, Kenya. She was rescued by the Samburu Girls Foundation just weeks before the start of last year's workshop. . Named after an eight-year-old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. . Please see the most recent link in our bio for behind the scenes stories about our incredible five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #girls #canoncps
Anita, a child marriage survivor, takes part in @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop in Maralal, Kenya. Photo by @elizabethgpratt Named after an eight-year-old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #girls #canoncps
The motto of our workshop has been that "Girls can do anything!" Today they proved it by pushing our matatu out of a ditch on our way to Malaso to take some photos for the @tooyoungtowed Tehani Photo Workshop. Photo by @nicholesobecki of the amazing Nashaki, Eunice, Evarline, Susan and team. Named after an eight year old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate the rights of girls’ and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #canoncps
Moderstar, age 15, contemplates her next photograph atop a tree. This week child marriage survivors take part in @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop in Maralal, Kenya. . Named after an eight-year-old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #girls #canoncps
Photo of Rosilla by Eunice, both 15. Child marriage survivors take part in @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop in Maralal, Kenya. . Named after an eight-year-old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #girls #canoncps
Photo by Nashaki, age 15. Child marriage survivors take part in @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop in Maralal, Kenya. . Named after an eight-year-old child bride in Yemen, the workshop brings together 18 brave girls — including 6 student instructors from last year’s workshop — who escaped their marriages and were allowed to pursue their education through the support of the Samburu Girls Foundation. Follow us during this five-day workshop, where child marriage survivors not only gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for girls’ rights and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. With generous support from @canonusa. #girlscandoanything #createempowerheal #tooyoungtowed #kenya #samburu #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #canonusa #girls #canoncps
Françoise Nyssen, France’s Minister of Culture, visits the Too Young to Wed exhibit in Paris. Here, she receives a personal tour by curator Jean-François Leroy, who is also a member of TYTW’s advisory board. . The 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed” is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris.. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed. Photo © Laurence Geai. @letoitdelagrandearche #change #inspiration #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed #girls #letgirlslearn
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Portrait of Matthias Phiri, Program Coordinator for LifeSavers Zambia, which has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world with 31% of women aged 20-24 years married by the age of 18 according to UNICEF. In communities outside Zambia’s capital city of Lusaka, Matthias Phiri meets regularly with traditional leaders, faith-based organizations, school and police officials, and other prominent locals to strategize ways to combat child marriage. Members of his ever-growing circle keep an eye out for children who are at risk of getting married and intervene if necessary, pulling vulnerable children out of harm’s way, providing them counseling, re-enrolling them in school and, in some cases, pursuing legal remedies against the perpetrators of child marriage. The biggest challenge, he said, is the discord between the country’s statutory laws, which set the minimum marriage age at 21, and its customary laws, which allow for much greater latitude. In March 2016, the Government of Zambia adopted a five-year national action plan to end child marriage. The Convention on the Rights of the Child recommend counties set a minimum age of marriage to 18 for both men and women. . This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed. @letoitdelagrandearche #zambia #color #champions #everydayafrica #red #change #inspiration #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #heforshe #girls
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Eight-year-old brides, Tehani and Ghada, begin preparations for a family meal at their home outside Hajjah, Yemen. Child marriage has long been an issue in Yemen, one of the few countries in the region without a legal minimum age of marriage. Attempts to set 18 as the minimum marrying age collapsed with the outbreak of the conflict in 2015 and it is estimated that, now, child marriage rates could be much higher. A UNFPA-INTERSOS assessment, which interviewed over 250 community members, local leaders and survivors of child marriage for insight into how families are coping with the conflict, stated that most participants “were of the opinion that child marriage has increased in their community. They all stated that the conflict pushed the practice,” according to the assessment’s findings. While more comprehensive assessments are difficult to do in conflict situations, the report also suggests that girls are being married off even younger. Of the child marriage survivors interviewed in the northern part of the country, 72 per cent were married between ages 13 and 15. Of those in the south, 62 per cent were married before age 16. . This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo, including this one. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice, which occurs in more than 50 countries spanning many cultures and religions. It also includes information about our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed, which seeks to protect girls' rights and #endchildmarriage. @letoitdelagrandearche #girls #child #childmarriage #conflict #color
Hundreds of women begin work at dawn at the Kumasi Central Market, an open-air market in Ghana's largest city. ------ Nichole Sobecki ( @nicholesobecki) here, and this will be my last posting from this series. Thanks to all of you who followed over the last two weeks as I shared images I shot for an @foreignpolicy story earlier this year documenting women’s healthcare in Ghana and the possible effects of the “global gag rule" - it's been a privilege to be a part of the @tooyoungtowed community! The policy was signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, and cuts off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion - at the at the expense of of women around the world. Under the rule — implemented primary along political party lines since President Reagan — all foreign aid can be cut off, including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases. Studies show that the rule does not reduce abortions, but actually leads to more unwanted pregnancies and risky procedures. Since Africa has more abortion-related deaths than any other continent, the effect of the order, advocates say, is wide-sweeping and chilling. We are sharing this project on @tooyoungtowed because many of the girls in our stories have shared their experiences of trying to get abortions after being married as children, worrying about caring for a large family, or after having a dangerous experience with childbirth. #protectgirlsrights #tooyoungtowed #girls #women #abortion #globalgagrule #ghana #africa #photojournalism
Dora receives a birth control implant. She was too far along in her pregnancy to have the abortion at the clinic, and the midwife directed her to a local hospital for the procedure. ------ Nichole Sobecki ( @nicholesobecki) here. I'm a Nairobi-based photographer, and over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing images I shot for an @foreignpolicy story earlier this year documenting women’s healthcare in Ghana and the possible effects of the “global gag rule.” The policy was signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, and cuts off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion - at the at the expense of of women around the world. Under the rule — implemented primary along political party lines since President Reagan — all foreign aid can be cut off, including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases. Studies show that the rule does not reduce abortions, but actually leads to more unwanted pregnancies and risky procedures. Since Africa has more abortion-related deaths than any other continent, the effect of the order, advocates say, is wide-sweeping and chilling. We are sharing this project on @tooyoungtowed because many of the girls in our stories have shared their experiences of trying to get abortions after being married as children, worrying about caring for a large family, or after having a dangerous experience with childbirth. #protectgirlsrights #tooyoungtowed #girls #women #abortion #globalgagrule #ghana #africa #photojournalism
A midwife at the clinic in Kumasi discussed birth control options with Dora Gyamfi, an 18-year-old patient who came to the clinic for an abortion. ------ Nichole Sobecki ( @nicholesobecki) here. I'm a Nairobi-based photographer, and over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing images I shot for an @foreignpolicy story earlier this year documenting women’s healthcare in Ghana and the possible effects of the “global gag rule.” The policy was signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, and cuts off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion - at the at the expense of of women around the world. Under the rule — implemented primary along political party lines since President Reagan — all foreign aid can be cut off, including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases. Studies show that the rule does not reduce abortions, but actually leads to more unwanted pregnancies and risky procedures. Since Africa has more abortion-related deaths than any other continent, the effect of the order, advocates say, is wide-sweeping and chilling. We are sharing this project on @tooyoungtowed because many of the girls in our stories have shared their experiences of trying to get abortions after being married as children, worrying about caring for a large family, or after having a dangerous experience with childbirth. #protectgirlsrights #tooyoungtowed #girls #women #abortion #globalgagrule #ghana #africa #photojournalism
A health care worker weighs and measures a patient at the public clinic in Mando. ------ Nichole Sobecki ( @nicholesobecki) here. I'm a Nairobi-based photographer, and over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing images I shot for an @foreignpolicy story earlier this year documenting women’s healthcare in Ghana and the possible effects of the “global gag rule.” The policy was signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, and cuts off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion - at the at the expense of of women around the world. Under the rule — implemented primary along political party lines since President Reagan — all foreign aid can be cut off, including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases. Studies show that the rule does not reduce abortions, but actually leads to more unwanted pregnancies and risky procedures. Since Africa has more abortion-related deaths than any other continent, the effect of the order, advocates say, is wide-sweeping and chilling. We are sharing this project on @tooyoungtowed because many of the girls in our stories have shared their experiences of trying to get abortions after being married as children, worrying about caring for a large family, or after having a dangerous experience with childbirth. #protectgirlsrights #tooyoungtowed #girls #women #abortion #globalgagrule #ghana #africa #photojournalism
Out in the villages, many women still rely on traditional healers and herbalists to brew concoctions to induce a miscarriage. Here, a traditional herbalist in Mando, seventy-five miles outside of Accra, has painted on his wall: "Love for all, hatred for none." ------ Nichole Sobecki ( @nicholesobecki) here. I'm a Nairobi-based photographer, and over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing images I shot for an @foreignpolicy story earlier this year documenting women’s healthcare in Ghana and the possible effects of the “global gag rule.” The policy was signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, and cuts off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion - at the at the expense of of women around the world. Under the rule — implemented primary along political party lines since President Reagan — all foreign aid can be cut off, including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases. Studies show that the rule does not reduce abortions, but actually leads to more unwanted pregnancies and risky procedures. Since Africa has more abortion-related deaths than any other continent, the effect of the order, advocates say, is wide-sweeping and chilling. We are sharing this project on @tooyoungtowed because many of the girls in our stories have shared their experiences of trying to get abortions after being married as children, worrying about caring for a large family, or after having a dangerous experience with childbirth. #protectgirlsrights #tooyoungtowed #girls #women #abortion #globalgagrule #ghana #africa #photojournalism
Worshippers attend a Sunday service at a Methodist church in Mando. ------ Nichole Sobecki ( @nicholesobecki) here. I'm a Nairobi-based photographer, and over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing images I shot for a @foreignpolicy story earlier this year documenting women’s healthcare in Ghana and the possible effects of the “global gag rule.” The policy was signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, and cuts off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion - at the at the expense of of women around the world. Under the rule — implemented primary along political party lines since President Reagan — all foreign aid can be cut off, including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases. Studies show that the rule does not reduce abortions, but actually leads to more unwanted pregnancies and risky procedures. Since Africa has more abortion-related deaths than any other continent, the effect of the order, advocates say, is wide-sweeping and chilling. We are sharing this project on @tooyoungtowed because many of the girls in our stories have shared their experiences of trying to get abortions after being married as children, worrying about caring for a large family, or after having a dangerous experience with childbirth. #protectgirlsrights #tooyoungtowed #girls #women #abortion #globalgagrule #ghana #africa #photojournalism