Too Young to Wed

Too Young to Wed @tooyoungtowed

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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
Anti-abortion church groups across Africa have lobbied against signs that abortion laws are loosening. ------ 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
Women sell plantain chips and water amid traffic in central Accra. ------ 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
Linda Asantewaa, 24, had an abortion in 2013 at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ghana. She now works as a community volunteer. ------ 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
At a Methodist high school in Mando, Ghana, students attend the weekly meeting of a sexual-health club that teaches young people about contraception. ------ 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
Children stand in the street in Medina, a poor, predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Accra, Ghana. ------ 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
A few days earlier Yaa, a mother of eight, had found herself pregnant again. When a friend got ahold of an abortion-inducing drug from a local store, Yaa took it. This is fairly common: while abortion-inducing drugs are prescription-only in Ghana and kept under tight control, women are nonetheless often able to get them under the table elsewhere. Yaa came to Marie Stopes in Kumasi, where Edith Offei, a midwife clad in sky blue, prepared to do a manual vacuum aspiration, or MVA, procedure to remove the leftover tissue in Yaa’s uterus so that she didn’t get a potentially deadly infection. ------ 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