Child Brides: The Health and Human Consequences of Marrying Too Young

The Conference

November 3 & 4, 2011

BU’s School of Public Health, College of Communication, Center for Global Health & Development, and the Pulitzer Center hosted Child Brides: The Health and Human Consequences of Marrying Too Young at the Boston Public Library and BU Medical Campus.

Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice. Yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion, and caste and extracts an enormous toll through lost education, social isolation, and deaths during labor and delivery by mothers who are often children themselves.


The Speakers


Stephanie Sinclair Stephanie Sinclair is a documentary photographer represented by VII photo agency. Based in New York, she is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She began her career at the Chicago Tribune and eventually was part of the paper’s team that won the Pulitzer Prize for documenting problems within the airline industry. She eventually moved to the Middle East, covering the region for six years as a freelance photographer. Sinclair was awarded the Visa D’Or at the 2010 Visa Pour L’Image: International Festival of Photojournalism for her work on polygamy in America. Among her other honors, Sinclair has also been awarded the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year, the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism Freelens Award for her extensive work on the issue of child marriage and multiple World Press Photo awards. She earned the 2008 CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage for her essay “A Cutting Tradition: Inside An Indonesian Female Circumcision Celebration.” She contributes regularly to National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, Stern, German Geo and Marie Claire, among others. Sinclair is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Past Exhibitions

2010 Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2010 Biennial, NYC, NY. “Self-Immolation in Afghanistan: A Cry for Help.” Exhibit runs from February 25 through May 30, 2010.

2010 Tufts University Art Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA. “QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS: A Photographic Prism of World Events, 1985-2010.” Exhibit with other members of VII. Exhibit runs from January 21 to April 4, 2010.

2008 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC. “The Bride Price: The Consequences of Early Marriage Worldwide.” One day exhibit on Capitol Hill open to members of Congress, congressional staff and the public sponsored by the International Center for Research on Women.

2008 Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France. “A Cutting Tradition: Inside An Indonesian Female Circumcision Celebration” sponsored by CARE International 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, England. Part of group exibition titled “Memory of Fire: The War of Images and Images of War”.


Jane-DerenowskiCynthia Gorney joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 1999, after a career at The Washington Post that included serving as an award-winning national features writer, South American bureau chief and the first writer for the Post’s Style section based on the West Coast. She is the author of “Articles of Faith: A History of the Abortion Wars,” and has written for many magazines, including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, Runners World, O: The Oprah Magazine, and the American Journalism Review. She is currently a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. Gorney is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.


Hanna Ingber is GlobalPost’s Editor of Breaking News and Social Media. She recently returned from India, where she covered Mumbai for GlobalPost.

Ingber was formerly the World Editor of the Huffington Post. She launched the section in the winter of 2008, and she won InterAction’s 2009 Award for Excellence in International Reporting in recognition of the HuffPost’s world coverage.

Ingber is a multi-media journalist with experience working in Burma, Ethiopia, South Africa, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand. Her work has appeared in publications such as, The Independent of London, LA Weekly, and the Hartford Courant and on PRI’s “Dispatches” and NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Day2Day.”
Ingber received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and her master’s in journalism from USC Annenberg, where she was a Dean’s Scholar. She blogs at Follow Hanna on Twitter: @HannaIngber.


Anna Tomasulo received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bryn Mawr College in French and Francophone Literature in 2007/2008. Through Bryn Mawr, she studied in France and Senegal, where she discovered an interest in global health.

In 2009, Anna began graduate studies at Boston University School of Public Health, where she focused on HIV/AIDS, marginalized populations, and the relationship between health and human rights. While at Boston University, Anna worked in Livingstone, Zambia on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS, specifically on monitoring Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.

After graduating from Boston University in May 2011, Anna spent three months as an intern at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She is interested in the intersection of health and human rights, francophone postcolonial literature and language, and writing.


John SawyerJon Sawyer is director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage of global affairs. Sawyer became the center’s founding director after a 31-year career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sawyer was the Post-Dispatch Washington bureau chief from 1993 through 2005. He had been a member of the newspaper’s Washington bureau since 1980 and before that worked in St. Louis, first as an editorial writer and then as a staff reporter. Sawyer’s assignments have taken him to some five dozen countries. He was selected three years in a row for the National Press Club’s award for best foreign reporting. Sawyer is a graduate of Yale University. He also has been an Alfred Sloan Fellow in Economics Journalism at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and a research fellow affiliated with the Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.