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Inspiring Change and an End to Child Marriage with @stephsinclairpix

To learn more about the stories behind the pictures, follow @stephsinclairpix and @tooyoungtowed on Instagram. To see how you can get involved, visit the Too Young To Wed website and the Girl Summit website.

“She looked at me with tears in her eyes and spoke quietly, ‘In my whole life, I have never felt love.’ I continued to hear similar stories as I traveled, researching and photographing child marriage in countries like Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and even Europe and the US,” says photographer Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix), who has spent more than a decade documenting the abuse of women and girls around the world.

Stephanie’s long-term photography project, Too Young To Wed (@tooyoungtowed), joins the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF at the first Girl Summit in London.

"I wanted to make sure that we got these images and stories in front of diplomats and policy makers who could enforce laws and support programs to provide more protection for these girls," she says. "I was sure if the rest of the world understood their lives as I had come to, real change wouldn’t be far behind."


halftheskymovement:

Today, the UK’s first Girl Summit will rally a global movement to end child, early, forced marriage and FGM for all girls.

halftheskymovement:

Today, the UK’s first Girl Summit will rally a global movement to end child, early, forced marriage and FGM for all girls.


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UK’s First Girl Summit Discuss An End To FGM And Forced Marriage

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai (top) and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina (bottom), attend the ‘Girl Summit 2014’ in Walworth Academy on July 22, 2014 in London, England.

At the one-day summit the UK government has announced that parents will face prosecution if they fail to prevent their daughters suffering female genital mutilation (FGM).

Photos by Oli Scarff/Getty Images


halftheskymovement:

Meet Ze: she’s not your average twelve-year-old girl. Since the age of seven, she’s been responsible for supplying her family with water. Ze routinely carries 40 pounds of water on her head collected from a small, muddy hole infested with leeches, bugs, and bacteria — the only water source close enough to her village in Madagascar to access.

Ze recently dropped out of school in order to support her family. For Ze and 5,000 other girls like her, access to clean water can redefine her future.  It means more time for school, healthier families, and the chance for kids like Ze to, well, really be a kid.

Learn more via WaterAid.

Photo: WaterAid/Marco Betti.


halftheskymovement:

Today we honor a man who paved a path to equality and changed the destiny of the millions living under apartheid. His courage and integrity changed the world. And what better way to honor him than to continue his fight for equality. Take some time today to make a difference, no matter how small.Thank you, Nelson Mandela!

Happy Mandela Day! Thank you, Nelson Mandela for your perseverance, inspiration, and vision.
We visualize a world of equal opportunity, where being born a girl, or poor, or a religious minority, or a racial minority, does not preclude ANYONE from a solid education and the chance to pursue their worthy dreams. 

halftheskymovement:

Today we honor a man who paved a path to equality and changed the destiny of the millions living under apartheid. His courage and integrity changed the world. 

And what better way to honor him than to continue his fight for equality. Take some time today to make a difference, no matter how small.

Thank you, Nelson Mandela!

Happy Mandela Day! Thank you, Nelson Mandela for your perseverance, inspiration, and vision.

We visualize a world of equal opportunity, where being born a girl, or poor, or a religious minority, or a racial minority, does not preclude ANYONE from a solid education and the chance to pursue their worthy dreams. 


We love ourselves some Avengers but we especially love strong female characters whose primary defining feature is not that they are women, but that they are awesome, talented, and fierce (and sometimes superheroes!) 

We love ourselves some Avengers but we especially love strong female characters whose primary defining feature is not that they are women, but that they are awesome, talented, and fierce (and sometimes superheroes!) 

(via libraryadvocates)



buzzfeed:

Take me to all the bookstores.

Books on books on books on books for all the courageous girls in the world. That should be everyone’s dream. 

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powells:

It’s a beautiful day! Grab some friends and read a book!

powells:

It’s a beautiful day! Grab some friends and read a book!