Too Young to Wed (TYTW) is a nonprofit organization founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair with the mission to empower girls and end child marriage globally. TYTW evolved out of a documentary project of the same name that Sinclair began in Afghanistan two decades ago. TYTW runs field programs in areas where child marriage is most egregious and underreported, serving more than 10,000 direct beneficiaries globally in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria, India and Kenya.
TYTW traces its official launch back to 11 October 2012 – the first International Day of the Girl. Dignitaries from around the world gathered at the United Nations and, surrounded by Sinclair’s photographs of child brides as young as 5, pledged to do whatever it took to end child marriage. Three years later, TYTW’s international traveling photography exhibition on child marriage would serve as the backdrop for historic global policy decisions, ultimately helping to yield UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.3 which aims to “eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early, and forced marriage.”