Empowering Girls

Empowering Girls

Children International delivers programs that help girls stay healthier, become educated, avoid early marriage and pregnancy, and pursue the lives they choose to lead.



Content from this campaign

My Niece, the 10-Year-Old Bride
My Niece, the 10-Year-Old Bride By Ashley Puderbaugh​ In a few months, my niece, Alyssa, turns 11. She’s considered old enough for marriage – and motherhood – in some parts of the world. She’s just a little girl. Alyssa doesn’t even know algebra. She hasn...
Oct 9, 2015 10:05 AM ET
Brides Too Soon: The Dangers of Early Marriage
Brides Too Soon: The Dangers of Early Marriage Poor women marry younger than their wealthier peers. It's a dangerous reality. Families often view marriage as a way to secure a girl's future, especially in communities with limited economic opportunities for women. The truth is,...
Oct 7, 2015 3:05 PM ET
Empowering Women and Redefining Gender Roles in Mexico
By Ashley Puderbaugh "Weak, defenseless, sensitive, innocent, little." These are the words five teens in Mexico used to tell me what the word "girl" meant to them. And when I asked about the word "boy?" "Strong and big." This didn't come as a surprise to me....
Mar 3, 2015 10:05 AM ET
Children International’s Sports for Development Program Empowers Girls
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Recently, at a special event for the HeForShe campaign, UN...
Oct 9, 2014 4:30 PM ET
A Life Defined, but Not by Dowry: A Young Women Proves She’s No One’s Property, Then Sets Out to Buy Her Own
By Damon Guinn A disturbing memory haunts 27-year-old Shanaz when she compares herself to other young women in her community. She pictures her cousin, just 16 years old. One moment her face is aglow with love. Then the young woman's expression changes from hope to horror as flames shoot out from a kerosene stove. Shanaz hears her cousin's final gasps of air as she helplessly...
Sep 29, 2014 8:20 AM ET