Too Young To Wed | Photographs by Stephanie Sinclair

Presented by Too Young To Wed

Curated by Stephanie Sinclair and Christina Piaia

Featuring Stephanie Sinclair

In many societies, marriage is a celebrated institution signifying a union between two adults and the beginning of their future together. Unfortunately, millions of girls still suffer from a vastly different marriage experience every year. Worldwide, many brides are still children, not even teenagers. In fact, child marriage affects one in three girls in the developing world.

Award-winning photographer Stephanie Sinclair first stumbled upon the issue of child marriage more than a decade ago while on assignment in Afghanistan, and she’s been committed to documenting it worldwide ever since. In every community, she has encountered activists—mothers, fathers, village elders, and even other children—who oppose the practice and want to see change. These images could not have been captured without their collaboration and their courage to stand up to harmful traditions.

As a non-profit organization providing visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by women and girls around the world, Too Young to Wed calls on governments to make it a foreign policy priority to end child marriage and many of the ills associated with the practice: poverty, hunger, gender inequality, child and maternal mortality, lack of education, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is imperative that we end this practice impacting one girl every two seconds—or 142 million girls over the next decade.

We invite you, the viewer, to find your own courage to take this journey with us and help to bring an end to child marriage in our lifetime.

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Visual Journalist, Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. Although she has covered the dramatic events of war, many of Sinclair’s most arresting works confront the everyday brutality faced by young girls around the world. Her studies of domestic life in developing countries and the United States bring into sharp relief the physical and emotional tolls that entrenched social conventions can take on those most vulnerable to abuse. Sinclair’s images mark an exchange of trust and compassion. But by consenting to be photographed at their most vulnerable, the people depicted in these images also demonstrate a rare bravery. The resulting images have been published in hundreds our outlets worldwide including National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Sinclair is the recipient of numerous other awards including the CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award, three World Press Photo awards and a Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, Stephanie’s photographs of self-immolation in Afghanistan were exhibited as part of the Whitney Biennial in New York.


Too Young to Wed (TYTW) advocates for the eradication of child marriage by providing visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by women and girls. Through the power of photography and storytelling, we generate attention and resources to amplify the voices of these courageous women and girls to move and inspire the global community to end child marriage. We transform influential advocacy into tangible action on the ground through partnerships with international and local NGOs and by supporting initiatives in the communities where the girls in our stories live.