Monthly Archives: May 2017

Shannon Sims in The Washington Post

Former ICWA fellow Shannon Sims, in The WashingtonPost, Sims wrote on the continuing political turmoil in Brazil. Her article, “Can Brazil’s president survive the latest scandal? Here are 4 ways he could fall.”  explains the recent scandal surrounding President Michel Temer and tapes recording his endorsement of bribery.  She outlines …

Why They Stay: Humans and Sea Level Rise

On a windswept knuckle of land that juts proudly from Mexico’s Pacific coast, a tiny town perches between cliff and sea. With a smattering of artisanal fishers and restauranteurs, Tehuamixtle has tucked into a precarious edge, protected only slightly by the jagged black headlands of Punta Ipala. To get to the town by land requires hours of bumpy dirt …

Neri Zilber on Trump’s Visit to Israel

ICWA Alum Neri Zilber writes on the unique visit by President Trump to Israel. In his words, Donald’s Trump flying circus landed in Israel yesterday on the second leg of the U.S. president’s maiden overseas trip, bringing the world’s most contentious man to the world’s most contentious piece of real estate. Read the rest of this engaging and …

ICWA Alum Pramila Jayapal In The Nation

Past ICWA Fellow and Trustee Pramila Jayapal was recently interviewed by The Nation Magazine on her commitment to political activism and change.  Pramila was born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore.  As an ICWA fellow, she studied social issues in India, involving religion, the status of women, population, and AIDS.  Read her thoughts …

Forced into Marriage at 17, Now Fighting for Divorce: A Tale of a Child Bride in Nigeria

In developing countries, one in every three girls is married before reaching age 18. One in nine is married under age 15. – [1]

In Africa, Nigeria is expected to have the largest absolute number of child brides. The country has seen a decline in child marriage of about 1 percent per year over the past three decades. At this pace, the total number of child brides is expected to double by 2050. – UNICEF[2]

“I was a slave in my husband’s house,” said 17-year-old Rahma. “My pregnancy had complications and my husband sent me back to my parents when I was diagnosed with fistula,” added 19-year-old Fatima. As I listened to these girls share their experiences as child brides, I struggled to keep the at bay as I wondered why on earth anyone would want to deprive these girls of their childhood and livelihoods. Yet, many men (often much older) in countries like Nigeria choose to marry teenage girls, some pre-teens. Forty-three (43) percent of Nigerian girls are given in marriage before the age of 18,;17% are married before their 15th birthday.[3] As Africa’s largest growing population with over 180 million residents, it is anticipated that Nigeria will have the largest absolute number of child brides by 2050.1 In response to this alarming news, the Nigerian government in November 2016 launched a campaign with a pledge to end child marriage by the year 2030. In line with the African Union’s resolution to eliminate the practice in the African continent; Nigeria joins 15 other African countries that have made this a national commitment. Despite this, achieving an end to child marriage is a long way ahead.

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