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June 28, 2021

Human Rights
Marriage Equality: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in rights for LGBTQ+ people, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

Two young women sitting in ornate white chairs and holding hands surrounded by members of the media.

May 4, 2021

Americas
U.S. Detention of Child Migrants

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border each year, sparking debate over how to respond. A recent rise in their numbers has challenged the Biden admini…

A young girl carries a child inside an immigrant holding area. Barbed wire and other people frame the photo.

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

June 25, 2021

International Law
The Supreme Court Denied a Child Labor Claim Against U.S. Firms: What to Know

Though Nestlé and Cargill were not held accountable for child labor in their supply chains, the Supreme Court upheld the precedent that corporate decisions are subject to international law.

A ten year old works at a leather tannery in Bangladesh, where enforcing international laws against child labor in the supply chain is increasingly difficult.

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

December 9, 2020

International Law
U.S. Supreme Court Assesses Corporate Complicity in Child Slavery

Should U.S. companies be held responsible for child slavery on West African farms where cocoa beans are harvested? The top U.S. court’s decision could have major consequences for chocolate companies …

A farm worker breaks a cocoa pod at a plantation near Guiglo, western Ivory Coast.

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

December 18, 2013

Human Rights
Child Marriage

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not o…

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