OUR IMPACT
OUR GLOBAL IMPACT

Above, Anita, 15, during the Tehani Photo Workshop in Samburu County, Kenya.


In just a few years, TYTW has made an indelible impact on the issue of child marriage. Through its effective approach of producing girl-centered visual storytelling to raise awareness and delivering programs including photo workshops and leadership development to help girls reclaim their narratives, we have successfully turned up the spotlight on this critical humanitarian issue while simultaneously empowering survivors and their communities.


At the global level, TYTW has educated billions about the consequences of child marriage by securing world class media coverage. Through our media reach and exhibition partnerships with the UNFPA and Canadian Government, more than 9.7 million individuals have been educated about the child marriage crisis in Nepal alone. Photographs made by child marriage survivors during a workshop in Kenya earned more than six billion views globally as a result of their publication in top tier media outlets including Yahoo, The New York Times, CNN, Refinery 29, Glamour, and National Geographic.


In a media trend analysis report commissioned by the Kendeda Fund, among the NGO community, “Too Young To Wed continued to be one of the smallest groups with the largest reach through coverage of their local skills-building trainings and partnerships with the New York Times, BBC, National Geographic and other major media.” At the individual level, our programs impact 600 girls directly but reach far beyond that number. Statistics show that each girl that recovers or is prevented from child marriage will then prevent her own children from marrying early – a ripple effect that continues well beyond this generation. Further, participation in our programs empowers girls and helps lift their voices, which directly facilitates social norm change.

"Before this workshop, I was afraid to talk in front of people and to share my story. But now, I have that courage to lead people."
Jane, 15, Tehani Workshop Participant, Samburu County, Kenya

Above, Nujoud Ali in Sana'a, Yemen. She was married to her husband, more than 20 years her senior when she was only eight years old. They are now divorced. Nujoud's story caused parliament to consider a bill writing a minimum marriage age into law.


At the global level, TYTW has educated billions about the consequences of child marriage by securing world class media coverage. Through our media reach and exhibition partnerships with the UNFPA and Canadian Government, more than 9.7 million individuals have been educated about the child marriage crisis in Nepal alone. Photographs made by child marriage survivors during a workshop in Kenya earned more than six billion views globally as a result of their publication in top tier media outlets including Yahoo, The New York Times, CNN, Refinery 29, Glamour, and National Geographic.


In a media trend analysis report commissioned by the Kendeda Fund, among the NGO community, “Too Young To Wed continued to be one of the smallest groups with the largest reach through coverage of their local skills-building trainings and partnerships with the New York Times, BBC, National Geographic and other major media.”


At the individual level, our programs impact 600 girls directly but reach far beyond that number. Statistics show that each girl that recovers or is prevented from child marriage will then prevent her own children from marrying early – a ripple effect that continues well beyond this generation. Further, participation in our programs empowers girls and helps lift their voices, which directly facilitates social norm change.

A young girl twirls in a carefree moment during laundry day at the safe house in Samburu County. Photo by Newsha Tavakolian.