Child and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) are two of the most extreme manifestations of discrimination against women and girls. These devastating and harmful practices are much more widespread than you think.
On 22 July, the Girl Summit, hosted by the UK government and UNICEF, will rally a global movement to end child, early, and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation.
Girls and women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their full potential.
Inspiring Change and an End to Child Marriage with @stephsinclairpix
“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.
"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."
Britain’s biggest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, took to the water for the first time yesterday as she was moved out of dry dock at Rosyth, near Edinburgh, to a neighbouring jetty where work on her will be completed over the next 2 years. Read more here. The picture shows a flotilla of tugs moving the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier out of the dock where she was constructed.
(Photo by Lieutenant Phil Gamble, Crown copyright)
#FreedomIs a world without child marriage and FGM
Introducing the world’s first Insta-documentary, created from Instagram footage in honour of girls affected by child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). The film calls for an end to these harmful practices ahead of the world’s first Girl Summit. You can show your support at girlsummitpledge.com