International Women's Health Coalition

The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health (SRRH) of all women and young people, particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, by helping to develop effective health and population policies, programs, and funding.
Jul 31, 2013

Together, We Can End Child Marriage

Dear Friend,

Thank you again for supporting IWHC's partner INCRESE to end early and forced marriage in Nigeria!  

Child marriage is a widespread practice that cuts across countries, cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Every year, approximately 14 million girls are married before they turn 18. That's 37,000 girls who become wives every day. In the developing world, girls as young as 5 years old are married off to much older men. 

Child marriage perpetuates a cycle of poverty. This is a global problem, and it requires a global solution.

With your support, we can continue to work with groups like INCRESE to help individual girls avoid early marriage. At the same time, we are working with the U.S. government and the United Nations to develop comprehensive strategies to combat child marriage globally.

These efforts include the recent passage of the Violence Against Women Act in the United States. We now have, for the first time ever, a mandate for the U.S. government to strategically invest in effective policies and programs that prevent child marriage and support girls who have already been forced into marriages.

Now is the time for the world to come together and say: Enough is enough. Girls’ lives matter.  

Please share this project with your friends and networks. You can make a difference. We can start by raising the remaining $2,605 of our $3,000 for INCRESE. This investment will go a long way to giving girls in Nigeria the education, health care, and social support they need not only to survive, but to thrive. 

Together, we can end child marriage.

Dec 11, 2012

From Girls and Women in Cameroon - Thank You!

Thanks to your generosity, your commitment to end child marriage, and your passion for women and girls’ health and human rights...We raised $6,305 for our partner APAD!

Much of these funds were received during last month’s Girl Effect Challenge because you responded to the urgent need and you spread the word. Thank you!

APAD empowers survivors of early and forced marriage, and educates communities about the intrinsic human rights of girls. Your donations empower APAD in the new year to:

  • Hold bi-monthly educational discussions in rural and urban areas with women and girls aged 12-30 on the benefits of educating a girl, building strong mother-daughter relationships, and the consequences of human rights abuses.
  • Reach an estimated 8,000 adults and young people about the harmful consequences of early and forced marriage through radio interviews, public service announcements, pamphlets and ads.
  • Train 32 survivors of child marriage in sewing and embroidery, and teach them to read and write. 
  • Prevent at least 10 cases of child marriage through direct intervention with the families.

With 10 million girls around the world under the age of 18 entering into early and forced marriage every year, we need groups like APAD and supporters like you to help end this harmful practice.

Thank you again for your generous gift!

women learn embroidery
women learn embroidery

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Oct 31, 2012

The Girl Effect - At 14 She Escaped Forced Marriage & Now Helps Others

Danedjo, now 26 and APAD
Danedjo, now 26 and APAD's President

Danedjo's Story

When Danedjo was old enough to start secondary school, she moved to her uncle’s house in Maroua, Cameroon because her small village only had a primary school. When she was 14 her uncle wanted her to marry a man in his mid-30s. Danedjo would become his second wife. A few months before the wedding, her friend Aisha, who is a social worker, helped her escape her uncle’s house to avoid the marriage.

While living at Aisha’s she worked hard to earn money during the day and attend school at night. She also attended weekly meetings at ALVF, a national organization that works to end violence against women. There she met other young women who either escaped or, like her, were able to avoid a forced marriage. 

These survivors of child marriage organized themselves and established APAD in 2001 to fight against this practice so other girls would not have to fall victim to early marriage. Danedjo is now the President of APAD, and is especially concerned with making sure girls stay in school and get an education.

In 2013, APAD plans to use your donations to:

  • Hold 120 educational discussions in 5 villages with 25-30 women and girls each on various human rights issues including sexual and reproductive health and girls' education.
  • Reach out to 70 religious, traditional and community leaders to educate them on the consequences of early and forced marriage.
  • Organize weekly household visits and community meetings to teach parents about the consequences of early and forced marriage, and encourage them to keep their daughters in school.

AND...EXCITING NEWS!

From November 1 – 30 APAD is competing to win a featured spot on the Girl Effect GlobalGiving page for one full year. Winners receive a share of the Girl Effect Fund, which raised $375,000 last year.

To win, APAD needs as many people as possible to make donations this month. It’s not about how much you give, but about how many people give.

Will you?

  • Please make another small donation (even $10!) this month to help APAD win this contest and raise needed funds?
  • Tell your friends and family why supporting APAD is important to you by sharing on Facebook and Twitter?

Danedjo, APAD, and IWHC thank you again for your generous gift this year!

Leading a community meeting
Leading a community meeting

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