Girls score a goal to end child marriage in India

by Alys Matthews, with reporting by Rashmi Kulkarni / Member Spotlight

Soccer is widely regarded as an excellent way for kids to stay physically fit, build social skills and develop self-confidence. In several small Indian communities where ChildFund works, the world’s most popular sport has another, more surprising benefit: empowering girls to resist early marriage.

Meet 16-year-old Raniya. Her home state of Jharkhand, India, is rich in natural resources, known for its waterfalls and ornate Jain temples, but nearly 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Here, the rate at which girls marry before age 18 — which hovers around 47 percent nationwide — jumps to 51.8 percent.

Voices of Girls and Boys in Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by ChildFund Alliance / Reports

In formulating the post-2015 development agenda, it is imperative that the voices of the next generation are heard and listened to. ChildFund Alliance asked child-led organizations from seven countries to choose their top 6 priorities for a better world.