Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tell Congress to Help Stop Child Marriage


Sixty million girls around the world are forced into marriage before the age of 18.

Child brides are twice as likely to be beaten or threatened with violence by their husbands, are put at risk for complications during and after early child bearing and have diminished chances of completing their education - resulting in a major barrier to escaping poverty.

Right now Congress is considering a bill, the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, which would recognize child marriage as a human rights violation and make our efforts to combat child marriage more successful and effective.

But the bill needs more co-sponsors in order to pass. Please help by asking your Congressperson to co-sponsor the bill and help protect the rights of girls around the world.

Every day, 25,000 girls are forced into marriages that leave them facing severe risks.

Complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for girls ages 15-19 worldwide.

The United States is in a potentially very powerful position to help stop these forced child marriages, but we need to increase and improve our efforts around the globe. The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act would do just that by scaling up successful strategies to prevent child marriage and integrating child marriage prevention approaches throughout U.S. foreign assistance.

You can help end this practice by asking your Congressperson co-sponsor the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act. Click here to send a letter instantly >

Thank you for helping girls everywhere,
- The team in partnership with CARE

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