Hidden Connections: The Link Between Climate Change and Child Marriage

Monday, October 10
10:15AM - 11:15AM
Austin Convention Center Room 5ABC

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Amy Luers
Speaker
Skoll Global Threats - Director of Climate Change

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Eric Noe
Speaker
TakePart - SVP and Editor in Chief

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Liz Mermin
Speaker
Thomson Reuters Foundation - Director of Visual

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Robin Lerner
Speaker
U.S. Department of State - Counselor and Senior Policy Advisor- Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues

Summary

TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, and the Thomson Reuters Foundation have partnered to co-produce Hidden Connections. This thought-provoking mini-documentary showcases the dramatic consequences of climate change, specifically exploring the connection between climate change and child marriage. In Bangladesh, one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to the effects of climate change, 30 percent of girls are married before their 15th birthday. This film follows the paths of two young girls in Dhaka, one already married and one pressured to become a child bride. After their families' homes and farms were lost to river erosion, the girls fled to the city to find new life. Hidden Connections relies on intimate access to their lives and their friends and family to illustrate how increased flooding from global warming is impacting social norms, women's progress in the country and their very survival. This important discussion will feature the documentary’s director, Liz Mermin of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Robin Lerner, Senior Advisor and Counselor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and Amy Luers, Director of Climate Change for Skoll Global Threats. The moderator will be Eric Noe, SVP and Editor in Chief of TakePart.

Event Type:
Sessions
Format:
Dual / Solo / Panel
Track:
Communications
Tags:
communications climate change conservation + adaptation

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