Sky News, a leading television news channel in the United Kingdom, broadcast an interview with Alemtsahye Gebrekidan, founder of the Former Child Wives Foundation. The interview focused on Alem’s on personal experiences and what she thinks can be done to address child marriage, a global problem.


Click here to watch the interview.

The Daily Mail, an influential newspaper in the UK, published an interview with Alemtsahye Gebrekidan, founder of the Former Child Wives Foundation, in which she recounts her personal experience of child marriage.

“A girl who is married as a child is one whose potential will not be fulfilled.”

Click here to read the full story.

14th November 2011: With Archbishop Dr Sentamu’s Chief of Staff


With Rev Malcolm Macnaughton

I visited the Church House, Westminster, where I had an historic meeting with Rev Malcolm Manaughton who is the Chief of Staff to Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  We discussed several issues of mutual spiritual and pastoral interest relating to plights of the former Child Wives in the UK and Ethiopia.

Rev Macnaughton has a very important role to play. He provides the Archbishop of York with the assistance he needs to conduct his ministry within the life of the British nation, the Church of England, the Anglican Communion, and the Province of York. He supports the Archbishop in his public ministry, helping him to keep abreast of political and social developments, and to be well briefed through his staff to speak for the gospel and for the church. He liaises with advisers at Church House, Westminster and at Lambeth palace.


On 7 and 8 June 2011, 70 women and men from more than 55 grassroots and global organisations working to end child marriage around the world, came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This strategic planning meeting – to discuss the formation of an ‘Alliance to end child marriage’, was initiated by The Elders and attended by Dr Gro Brundtland, Mrs Graça Machel, Mrs Mary Robinson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The aims of the meeting were to:


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