This panel event was followed by a reception hosted by CARE USA that included CARE’s Tipping Point photo exhibit featuring images documenting the lives of girls in Nepal and Bangladesh who are child brides or vulnerable to child marriage.  Remarks were made by a number of Members of Congress, as well as Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya who shared her experiences escaping child marriage and as a survivor of FGM/C, and advocate for girls’ education in Kenya.

The event successfully brought together Members of Congress, civil society leaders, and girl advocates to honour commitments made, articulate specific contributions, and call for further action for adolescent girls. Eight Member of Congress in particular, representing both major parties, attended and/or made remarks, affirming that girls’ rights and empowerment are central  to development and stability; U.S. leadership on these issues are critical; and partnership, both across the aisle and with civil society, are needed.