Help end customary harmful practices such as forced child marriage which violates the rights of children and women. Child marriage denies girls and womenâ€™s access to education. The Senate unanimously passed the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act late last night, a bill to protect women and girls in developing countries from child marriages.
United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that â€œ60 million girls in developing countries now ages 20 to 24 were married under the age of 18.â€Â The Population Council estimates that â€œthe number will increase by 100 million over the next decade if current trends continue.â€
Ask the House of Representatives to pass the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act now. Time is running out. Please tell the House of Representatives that the cost of child marriage it too high to ignore and they must act now. Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art