13 Sunday, September 2015

TYTW’s inaugural print sale to benefit child brides

A woman tends to grain during the rainy season near Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Not far from here is the village of Gombat, where Stephanie Sinclair first photographed Destaye, married at age 11. Proceeds from Too Young to Wed's inaugural print sale will support an initiative there to empower adolescent girls as well as other programs aimed at preventing child marriage and helping child brides. --- Stephanie Sinclair
A woman tends to grain during the rainy season near Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Not far from here is the village of Gombat, where Stephanie Sinclair first photographed Destaye, married at age 11. Proceeds from Too Young to Wed’s inaugural print sale will support an initiative there to empower adolescent girls as well as other programs aimed at preventing child marriage and helping child brides.
— Stephanie Sinclair

In collaboration with Photoville, New York City’s largest annual photo festival, Too Young to Wed (TYTW) will host its first print sale, featuring images by our Founder and Executive Director Stephanie Sinclair.

Each 8×10 archival print was hand-printed and signed by Ms. Sinclair, whose award-winning work documenting child marriage has been exhibited around the world. Ms. Sinclair’s work will be featured at Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and like the premiere photo event, which attracted 71,000 visitors last year, the print sale will run from Sept. 10 – 20, 2015.

Prints can be ordered for $100 at tooyoungtowed.org/printsale, and 100 percent of the contributions received from photo sales will directly support TYTW’s mission to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage. Too Young to Wed supports local organizations and persons making a difference in the lives of girls and boys who are affected by the harmful practice of child marriage such as:

The Samburu Girls Foundation, a grassroots organization in rural Kenya, which provides shelter and education to girls rescued from child marriage, female genital mutilation and other harmful practices. To date, the organization has rescued more than 200 girls and placed 125 of them in boarding school.

The women and children of the Kagati Village in Nepal where Ms. Sinclair conducted much of her child marriage reporting in 2007 and an area that was destroyed in the recent earthquakes. Child bride Niruta, photographed at age 13 by Ms. Sinclair, lives here with her three children.

Girl Empowerment Groups – an adolescent girls empowerment initiative designed by the Population Council for vulnerable girls living in rural areas. In this capacity, Too Young To Wed will support the village of Gombat, just outside of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, where Ms. Sinclair first photographed Destaye, who was married at 11 to an Ethiopian Orthodox priest.

Young girls sit inside a home outside of Al Hudaydah, Yemen. Proceeds from images like this one will benefit programs designed to prevent child marriage and aid child brides. --- Stephanie Sinclair
Young girls sit inside a home outside of Al Hudaydah, Yemen. Proceeds from images like this one will benefit programs designed to prevent child marriage and aid child brides.
— Stephanie Sinclair

Photoville Presentations and Talks:

Sept 17: TYTW will engage students during Photoville’s Education Day, a one-day field trip to the photo village that’s free and open to NYC public schools. Hundreds of middle school and high school students participate in a day of photography and storytelling activities, and they’ll have an opportunity to see how photography can bring about social change.

Sept. 19: Stephanie Sinclair discusses her Too Young to Wed photographs during the event An Evening with National Geographic, from 7-10pm at the Photoville Beer Garden. The evening will begin with photos and videos from the past 127 years—including the most recent stories from National Geographic and their digital platforms. Other photographers included are Katie Orlinsky, Robert Clark and David Guttenfelder with Director of Photography Sarah Leen serving as Master of Ceremonies.

TYTW’s Mission: Every two seconds, a girl is forced into marriage against her will. The younger she is, the more likely a child bride is to experience domestic violence, contract HIV, develop complications from pregnancies or even die during childbirth. Child marriage robs girls of the childhood and the education they deserve, silencing them and preventing them from achieving their fullest potential.

Uzma, 4, learns how to write the alphabet at a school in Meerwala, Pakistan. Child brides often lose their opportunity for an education, but Too Young to Wed supports initiatives to end child marriage and keep girls in school. --- Stephanie Sinclair
Uzma, 4, learns how to write the alphabet at a school in Meerwala, Pakistan. Child brides often lose their opportunity for an education, but Too Young to Wed supports initiatives to end child marriage and keep girls in school.
— Stephanie Sinclair

Too Young to Wed’s mission is to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage. We do this by providing visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by women and girls. Through our storytelling, we generate attention and resources to amplify the voices of these courageous women and girls and inspire the global community to end child marriage. We transform influential advocacy into tangible action on the ground through partnerships with international and local NGOs and by supporting initiatives in the communities where the girls in our stories live.

WAYS TO HELP

Purchase a print during this limited time: Visit tooyoungtowed.org/printsale to support our programming

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Volunteer: Share your skills and collaborate with TYTW. For opportunities email info@tooyoungtowed.org

Too Young To Wed is a nonprofit organization qualified for tax-exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Each contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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