Briefing Papers

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Ending Impunity for Child Marriage in Pakistan: Normative and Implementation Gaps

Pakistan ranks sixth in the world in terms of absolute numbers of child marriage. As many as 21% of women are married before the age of 18. Child marriage triggers a continuum of harms that violate the rights of women and girls guaranteed by the Pakistan’s Constitution.

Ending Impunity for Child Marriage in Bangladesh: A Review of Normative and Implementation Gaps

Bangladesh continues to have one of the highest child marriage rates worldwide, and the highest rate of marriage involving girls under 15. Among women between the ages of 20-49, 71 percent are married by age 18…

Ensuring Reproductive Rights: Reform to Address Women's and Girls' Need for Abortion After 20 Weeks in India

In May 2017, the Supreme Court of India denied a medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) to Z., a 35-year old woman from Patna, Bihar living with HIV who became pregnant as a result of rape. Z…

Ending Impunity for Child Marriage in India: Normative and Implementation Gaps

In 2006, India passed the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) to combat the widespread practice of child marriage…

Briefing Paper: Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls Affected by Conflict

Conflict and crises have dire consequences on women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Capacity and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise their Reproductive Rights

With adolescents and youth constituting a quarter of the global population – for a total of 1.8 billion people – it has never been more critical that their human rights be fully recognized and realized within global arenas and at the regional, national, and community level…

Capacity and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise their Reproductive Rights

With adolescents and youth constituting a quarter of the global population – for a total of 1.8 billion people – it has never been more critical that their human rights be fully recognized and realized within global arenas and at the regional, national, and community level…

Shifting the Frame on Disability Rights for the U.S. Reproductive Rights Movement

This paper is directed at the U.S. reproductive rights movement with the goal of encouraging a frank conversation about disability rights within our movement…