Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Campaign to #EndChildMarriage in Ethiopia

A former child bride from Ethiopia has started “Campaign Against Child Marriage in Ethiopia” an organization that uses former child brides to bring awareness to the issue of child marriage as well as offer support for those exiting forced marriages. The advocacy and justice group was founded by Alemtsahye Gebrekidan, a former child bride in Ethiopia, who upon exiting her marriage and immigrating to the U.K., completed a university education and utilized her resources to help others. 


“Campaign Against Child Marriage in Ethiopia” is not the only organization working to combat child marriage and increase agency for women worldwide. This summer in London, policy makers, ministers, and human rights organizations will meet to hold the first ever “Girls Summit” to advocate for an end to female genital mutilation and child marriage.  

What do you think of the summit? As issues such as female genital mutilation and child marriage do not frequently occur in the U.S., what are ways in which Americans can be galvanized to support these causes? 

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