CSIS Discussion Examines Ending Child Marriage, U.S. Foreign Policy Goals

In a post on the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) “Smart Global Health” blog, CSIS intern Paige Munger discusses child marriage — “[a] practice driven by endemic poverty, entrenched cultural traditions, and systematic discrimination and devaluation of women and girls” — and a July 31 event hosted by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center focusing on “how ending child marriage advances U.S. foreign policy.” The discussion, moderated by Janet Fleischman, senior associate at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, included Rachel Vogelstein, author of a recent report by the Council on Foreign Relations titled “Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives,” and Caren Grown, USAID’s acting senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment, Munger notes. She summarizes the discussion and notes audio and video from the event are available online (8/20).