About Too Young to Wed

Our Mission

By providing visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by women and girls around the world, Too Young to Wed aims to amplify their courageous voices and build a global community dedicated to ending child, early and forced marriage and supporting positive change for these girls. To that end, Too Young to Wed partners with local nonprofits and supports income-generating projects, literacy classes and girl engagement groups where the girls in our stories live.

Our Story

Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit organization, traces its official launch back to October 11, 2012 – the first International Day of the Girl Child. Dignitaries from around the world gathered at the United Nations in New York City that day and, surrounded by photographs of child brides as young as 5, pledged to do whatever it took to end child marriage.

But the campaign’s roots stretch back another decade, to Herat, Afghanistan, where visual journalist Stephanie Sinclair was working on a story about girls and women who set themselves on fire. There, she discovered a disturbing pattern among the scarred patients in the hospital’s burn ward: Most of them had been forced into marriage as children. Horrified to learn that child marriage was common in communities throughout the world, Sinclair dedicated the next 10 years of her life to documenting the practice in the hopes of inspiring change.

Sinclair joined forces with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to create a transmedia campaign aimed at raising awareness of the problem, supporting girls who are already married and ultimately halting the practice that affects one girl every two seconds—or an estimated 142 million more girls over the next decade. In addition, child marriage is inextricably linked to many of the world’s ills: child and maternal mortality, poverty, gender inequality, and the spread of HIV/AIDS—and ending the practice will help stamp out many of these problems.

 

Our Story

Too Young to Wed’s traveling photo exhibit is the centerpiece of our advocacy effort and features the haunting stories of child brides from Nepal, India, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and yes, even the United States. The exhibition continues to travel the world, so please check our events calendar for an updated schedule.

Too Young to Wed continues to partner with the UNFPA as well as other organizations such as Equality Now, the Population Council, Timret LeHiwot Ethiopia and the Canadian and UK governments. Together, we not only advocate for an end to child marriage, but provide on-the-ground support to the girls in the communities where these pictures were made. Our first pilot project is a livelihood initiative in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia that employs women who have escaped child marriage and/or have been trafficked. By producing and selling high-quality soaps, these women generate a sustainable income for themselves and their families.

By increasing the visibility of child marriage, we hope to provoke thoughtful dialogue and ACTION to end this practice and eradicate its consequences. We appreciate your support and contributions may be made through our fiscal sponsor Equality Now.

 Contact Us

Too Young to Wed
PO BOX 897
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Info@TooYoungToWed.org

Too Young to Wed is qualified for tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For contributions please visit our donate page or mail a check made payable to: Too Young to Wed.

Too Young to Wed Team

Stephanie Sinclair
Founder & Executive Director

Christina Piaia
Too Young to Wed Policy Coordinator and Legal Counsel 

Edie Gross Evans
Editorial Consultant 

Smita Sharma
Social Media Coordinator

Bryan Hoben
Legal Fellow, CUNY School of Law, International Women’s Human Rights Clinic

Zewditu Ambaw
Project Coordinator for pilot program in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Board of Directors

Stephanie Sinclair
Too Young to Wed Board President and Executive Director, National Geographic photographer

Ann Curry
Seven-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist and former NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and “Today” Anchor at Large

Melysa Sperber
Director, Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking Humanity United, former Senior Program Officer, Human Rights, Vital Voices Global Partnership

Emmanuelle Chiche
Mobile Entrepreneur who collaborates with NYC Public Schools to boost science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) development.

Board of Advisers

Judith Bruce
Population Council Senior Associate and Policy Analyst with the Poverty, Gender and Youth program

Pamela Chen
Editorial Director, Instagram, former Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic and Open Society Institute

Donna Ferrato
Founder of the “I am Unbeatable” campaign and renowned photojournalist who pioneered photographic work on domestic violence with her project Living with the Enemy

Gabriella Gillespie
Author of A Father’s Betrayal, the tale of how she suffered sexual, physical and mental abuse as a child bride in Yemen but was able to escape with her children after 17 years to England, the country of her birth

Jean-François Leroy
Founder of the esteemed international photojournalism festival Visa Pour l’Image hosted annually in Perpignan, France

Partners

Department for International Development (DFID), Options UK and Equality Now
The Girl Generation: a five-year campaign to end FGM.

Timret Le Hiwot Ethiopia
Local partner for Elsa & Friends Soap Cooperative

UNFPA
Two-year traveling exhibition/political advocacy campaign of Too Young To Wed

Population Council
The Adolescent Girls Learning Circle

Government of Canada
One-year traveling exhibition/political advocacy campaign of Too Young To Wed

Humanity United
Collaboration with Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking  (ATEST) on story development and exhibitions