"The Lost Girls" Shines a Light on Child Brides in Nepal

Nepal has made a commitment to end child marriage by 2030 but cultural traditions, poverty, and lack of education are difficult barriers to overcome. Once married, girls are expected to become pregnant and preferably to bear sons. The captivating film The Lost Girls (released in May by CBS) takes a closer look at the practice and one young woman trying to end it.

CBS News Correspondent Reena Ninan (who hosted the Metro NY Chapter’s refugee panel in 2016) traveled to a rural Nepali village to meet Rachana – an inspiring young woman working with families and communities to end child marriage. An activist who escaped her own marriage at age 15, Rachana goes around from village to village in rural Nepal trying to educate village leaders and to stop child marriages. 

Read more at Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organizations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential.

Mikki Brammer