Global: End child marriage

Over the next ten years more than 140 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday.

- United Nations Population Fund

Since 1995, Equality Now has been working to end the violent and abusive practice of child marriage. It is a human rights violation, often following from and leading to further human rights violations. When a young girl is married and gives birth, the vicious cycle of poverty, poor health, curtailed education, violence, instability, disregard for rule of law and legal and other discrimination often continues into the next generation, especially for any daughters she may have.

At the top levels of the United Nations, as well as by human rights organizations and civil society, ending child marriage has been identified as an important target in ending poverty and creating sustainable development. Therefore, as governments discuss new post 2015 development frameworks, the time is now for a global commitment to end child, early and forced marriage.

Please sign our petition below calling on governments to work together to make the elimination of child marriage a global priority. Equality Now will deliver the petition to all governments attending the June 2014 UN Human Rights Council session and other high level UN meetings where child marriage and post 2015 development agendas will be addressed.

To learn more, read our report Protecting the Girl Child: Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Related Human Rights Violations.



Child marriage is a human rights violation, often following from and leading to further human rights violations under the guise of culture, honor, tradition, and religion. Child marriage must be comprehensively and strategically addressed in any post-2015 development framework.

We call on your government to include the abolition of child marriage in any post-2015 development framework and support all efforts to end this human rights violation so that the rights of at risk girls will be protected, and so that the communities in which they live can thrive.
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    2099 Fri Aug 22 19:26:59 EDT 2014 Sheila Ward San Juan, PR , PUERTO RICO
    2098 Wed Aug 20 16:22:52 EDT 2014 Adela Brent Q, AU
    2097 Wed Aug 20 00:24:14 EDT 2014 Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    2096 Fri Aug 15 15:11:43 EDT 2014 SueN'ashley DaMéus Orlando, FL , US
    2095 Fri Aug 15 09:37:33 EDT 2014 Seren Kell Wrexham, GB+Z4 , GB
    2094 Tue Aug 12 12:36:39 EDT 2014 Shezray Faisal Islamabad, PK+08 , PK
    2093 Mon Aug 11 11:05:26 EDT 2014 Marla de Vries Eibergen, NL
    2092 Mon Aug 11 10:47:49 EDT 2014 Marla de Vries Eibergen, NL
    2091 Mon Aug 11 10:14:31 EDT 2014 Kay Wilhelm SYDNEY, NSW , AUSTRALIA It is important to give women education and allow them to grow up before marriage. Everyone benefits.
    2090 Sat Aug 09 22:04:02 EDT 2014 Catherine Bowen Louisville, US
    2089 Fri Aug 08 09:44:21 EDT 2014 Clarenda Price CA
    2088 Fri Aug 08 09:34:59 EDT 2014 Anonymous fredericton, NB , CA Lets educate these women, families and men that are committing these crimes against humanity.
    2087 Tue Aug 05 16:46:41 EDT 2014 Etsuji Nakai Tokyo, JP
    2086 Tue Aug 05 15:09:34 EDT 2014 misty oldland stroud, GB+E6 , GB This is an unacceptable practice in violation of human rights. Children are children and should be allowed to grow up safely and securely, and have an innocent childhood free and protected from predatory More....
    2085 Tue Aug 05 15:05:32 EDT 2014 Thomas Plata Palosco, IT+09 , IT
    2084 Tue Aug 05 14:54:23 EDT 2014 Claire Holmgren Stockholm, SE+26 , SE
    2083 Mon Aug 04 10:27:44 EDT 2014 Coila Hodges Calabasas, US
    2082 Mon Aug 04 08:34:06 EDT 2014 Abi-Gail Toussaint Port of Spain, TT
    2081 Mon Aug 04 00:24:51 EDT 2014 Patricia Eszter Margit
    2080 Sat Aug 02 08:56:11 EDT 2014 Lama El Jahani Yanb' El Bahar, SAUDI ARABIA
    2079 Fri Aug 01 10:27:25 EDT 2014 Dora Mesa La Havana, ot , CU I find remarkable your mission and I will try to be part of it. Now I am trying to take part in the 69 th Session of the Children Rights Committe with two reports ACDEI NGO sent, where we express our More....
    2078 Fri Aug 01 09:27:51 EDT 2014 Jessie Evans Manchester, GB+18 , GB
    2077 Fri Aug 01 02:56:20 EDT 2014 Celeste Kriel
    2076 Thu Jul 31 11:58:39 EDT 2014 Da Lin Philadelphia, PA , US
    2075 Wed Jul 30 17:05:43 EDT 2014 Mohammed Sunni Tripoli, VI ,
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    For additional information, please download Equality Now’s report, Protecting the Girl Child: Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Related Human Rights Violations (January 2014).