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Young People's Rights

CEDAW Committee holds India Accountable for Failure to Prevent and Prosecute Cases of Child Marriage, and Ensure Access to Reproductive Health Services

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) recently criticized India for failing to address human rights violations, associated with child marriage and high rates of maternal death resulting from lack of access to modern…

Committee on the Rights of the Child Holds India Accountable for Failing to Eliminate Child Marriage and Ensure Access to Reproductive Health Services and Autonomy for Girls

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee) recently criticized India for a wide range of human rights violations, resulting from the persistence of child marriage and girls’ lack of access to contraceptive information and services and autonomy…

Why Ending Child Marriage is a Critical Part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Twenty-five thousand children worldwide, most of whom are girls, are married every day.  While many countries have laws that clearly prohibit and penalize child marriage, more often than not, these laws are not enforced…

The Human Rights Committee Urges Malawi to Safeguard Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In July 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee), which monitors states’ implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, released its concluding observations on Malawi, urging the government to take immediate steps to address reproductive…

Combatting Child Marriage

The numbers are disturbing. According to a recent UNICEF study, one in nine girls in the developing world will marry before age 15; one in three will marry before 18. Some are as young as eight…

Reproductive Rights, Substantive Equality and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A briefing by the Center for Reproductive Rights

The Convention on the Rights of the Child strongly protects children’s right to access sexual and reproductive health services and their rights to substantive equality and nondiscrimination.  This fact sheet examines the mutually reinforcing relationship between the realization of these…

U.S.-born Girls Face “Vacation Cutting”

The practice of genital mutilation, while deeply embedded in a number of African and Middle Eastern cultures, has been banned in the United States for almost 20 years…

Fact Sheet: Accountability for Child Marriage

Key U.N. recommendations to governments in South Asia on reproductive health and sexual violence…

U.S. Backslides on Maternal Deaths

Each year, International NGO Save the Children releases a report ranking the wellbeing of mothers and children in 178 countries around the world…

Our Work in Focus

The Monitoring Tool provides a means to monitor the implementation of specific State obligations in the field of reproductive rights…
In July 2011, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) urged the governments of Nepal, Costa Rica, and Zambia to improve their record on reproductive rights…
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…