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March 30, 2021

Japan
Japanese Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation’s Agenda

Erin Gallagher is a research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.   On March 17, three couples in Hokkaido won a landmark case in the Sapporo District Court. Thousan…

Plaintiffs' lawyers and supporters show a banner stating the ruling found the government measures unconstitutional, after a district court ruled on the legality of same-sex marriages outside Sapporo District Court

October 14, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
International Day of the Girl Child

This post was compiled by Haydn Welch, research associate in the Women and Foreign Policy program.  This past Sunday, people around the world celebrated the annual International Day of the Girl Ch…

A crowd of girls in Chandigarh, India celebrate International Day of the Girl Child in 2015

June 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
A Decrease in Child Marriage is Good for Everyone

New data from UNICEF indicates that 25 million child marriages were averted over the last decade, proving that child marriage is not an intractable problem. Despite good news, progress has been uneve…

Omayma al Hushan, 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, speaks at a school in Al Zaatari refugee camp.

November 6, 2020

Human Trafficking
Addressing Child Labor in a Pandemic: Notes from the Field

Last year, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor. Despite such commitment, recent global estimates project child labour…

A girl watches the funeral procession of Muhammad Lateef Dar, a separatist militant, in Dogripora village.

January 29, 2021

Human Trafficking
Preventing Stolen Childhoods: How the U.S. Department of Labor is Combating Child Labor Trafficking

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

U.S. Department of Labor headquarters

August 4, 2015

Americas
Child Marriage in Latin America

Over the past decade, world leaders and practitioners alike have increasingly recognized that the practice of child marriage undermines development and stability. This is especially true in regions l…

Flower girls wait next to the bride's carriage before a wedding ceremony on Paqueta island in Rio de Janeiro

January 2, 2014

Human Rights
Child Marriage and Religion

Last month, academics, advocates, and religious leaders gathered at an event organized by the Council on Foreign Relations during the American Academy of Religion conference to discuss the relationsh…

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July 10, 2017

Human Rights
Child Marriage, Family Planning, Population, and Development

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Quentin Wodon, le…

Child brides in India

April 14, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Action on Ending Child Marriage

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Dr. Babatunde O…

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February 25, 2014

Challenging Child Marriage in India

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Pinaki Halder, West Bengal s…

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