Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

Program Date: 
March 03, 2015

Every year, 15 million girls are forced into marriage, many of them before they turn 15. It's a practice that happens across cultures and across religions, resulting in poverty, health issues, and a lack of education for girls worldwide.

This month, America Abroad travels to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Pakistan to talk to individuals and organizations working to change laws and change minds about child marriage. We also talk to Mabel van Oranje, the founder of Girls Not Brides, who aims to end child marriage in one generation. 

Extended interview: Girls Not Brides founder Mabel van Oranje

In this extended version of her interview on "Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage," Mabel van Oranje, the founder of Girls Not Brides, talks about her efforts to end child marriage worldwide in one generation.

Advocates look to end child marriage through film

Reporter Tennessee Watson goes behind the scenes with the makers of the film "Difret," inspired by the true story of two Ethiopian girls.

South Asia tackles child marriage through new partnerships

Our host Madeleine Brand shows NGOs and governments in Nepal and Pakistan working together to create and enforce new anti-child marriage laws. 

How female genital mutilation and child marriage are 'inextricably linked'

Reporter Emily Johnson travels to Tanzania to explore how these two practices impact girls.

Ethiopian priest changes views on child marriage

Reporter Colin Cosier talks to an Ethiopian Orthodox priest trying to end child marriage in his community after years of supporting the practice.

Video: Ethiopian child bride Tadelech Geremew Husein tells her story

Reporters Colin Cosier and Jay Court share the extraordinary story of Tadelech Geremew Husein, an Ethiopian single mother of two. At age 13 she was married off to a much older man, but now she's in charge of her life.