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Help Child Marriage Bill Pass the U.S. House of Representatives

Child marriage is forced marriage. Sixty million girls around the world ages 17 and younger – many as young as 10 – are forced into marriage.

The consequences of this pervasive human rights violation are grim and, often, deadly.

Child brides have a diminished chance of completing their education, resulting in limited opportunities and income-earning potential later in life. These girls also are twice as likely to be beaten or threatened with violence by their husbands compared to girls who marry later in life. In addition, child marriage is usually accompanied by early child bearing, placing young girls at risk for complications during and after childbirth. In fact, complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth is a leading cause of death for girls ages 15-19 worldwide. In sum both a violation and a barrier to progress on a range of development issues.

The United States Senate has already passed the legislation, but before the bill becomes law, the House of Representatives must do the same before Congress adjourns this year.

Sign the petition here: https://my.care.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=465

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