28 Oct 2010

CARE: Take Action to Prevent Child Marriage

From the CARE website:

Imagine a girl of 14 with her whole life ahead of her. She has dreams of an education, a career and, eventually, a happy family. Instead, she soon will be getting married -- likely to a man more than twice her age or older.

Child marriage is a human rights violation that puts young girls at risk and keeps them mired in poverty. They need your protection.

60 million girls around the world are married before the age of 17 — many to men twice their age or older. They need our help.

Please, ask your member of Congress to help prevent child marriage by co-sponsoring the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009.

The cost of child marriage is too high to be ignored. When a girl is forced to marry at a young age, it diminishes her chance at an education, endangers her health and has long lasting and dire consequences not only for her, but for her family and community as well.

Young brides are:

More likely to become young mothers. Girls under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die of childbirth than a woman in her 20s.

More likely to drop out of school and have limited economic opportunities in the future, which keeps them and their families locked in the cycle of poverty.

Twice as likely to suffer domestic violence and are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.

The United States can use its leadership to prevent child marriage. This important legislation recognizes child marriage as a human rights violation, and develops a comprehensive strategy to prevent these marriages and empower young girls.

CARE, one of the world's largest international humanitarian organizations, supports families and communities to reduce the prevalence of child marriage throughout the developing world.

Join CARE in helping see that no girl is forced into an early marriage -- click here to ask your representatives to co-sponsor the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009 today.

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