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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    2218 Mon Oct 20 18:10:33 EDT 2014 Sheryl Hutchens Houston, US
    2217 Mon Oct 20 17:52:39 EDT 2014 Kristen Woolf London, GB+E7 , GB
    2216 Sun Oct 19 22:14:07 EDT 2014 Annie Wright Berkeley, US
    2215 Fri Oct 17 10:07:20 EDT 2014 Sabeeka Gilani Lahore, PK+04 , PK
    2214 Thu Oct 16 17:53:49 EDT 2014 Harmony Devillard Montmorency, FR+A8 , FR
    2213 Thu Oct 16 17:27:31 EDT 2014 Daisy Watford Hertfordshire, GB+F8 , GB We need to protect our children. We only have one life and it should be cherished and enjoyed not misused and exploited.
    2212 Thu Oct 16 14:29:20 EDT 2014 Colin Morrison Bangor, GB+R9 , GB
    2211 Thu Oct 16 13:54:17 EDT 2014 Esther van de Ridder Harderwijk, Select a state , NL
    2210 Thu Oct 16 13:47:54 EDT 2014 Karina Diaz Quito, BR+27 , EC From having a great aunt who married at 14 to having my mother as example, as the first woman in the family to have a career. And seeing all my cousins getting education. I see the benefits of this, and More....
    2209 Thu Oct 16 13:43:33 EDT 2014 pete crane Southampton, GB+F2 , GB
    2208 Wed Oct 15 21:28:50 EDT 2014 vandana nair Bhubaneswar, IN+21 , IN For a country which has made such tremendous progress in the MDGs such a regressive step is not expected.
    2207 Wed Oct 15 12:13:10 EDT 2014 Nasreen Rahim San Jose, US I am totally appalled how the Prime Minister of Bangladesh could lower the marriageable age of girls in Bangladesh from 18 years to 16 years. This is unacceptable, especially in a country like Bangladesh More....
    2206 Wed Oct 15 06:02:36 EDT 2014 Lauren Towie
    2205 Tue Oct 14 14:25:46 EDT 2014 Betsy Rivera Brooklyn, US
    2204 Tue Oct 14 14:22:00 EDT 2014 Deavyon Webber Bronx, US
    2203 Tue Oct 14 14:13:37 EDT 2014 Alyssa Chaiaroon bronx, NY , US
    2202 Tue Oct 14 14:10:45 EDT 2014 monica benavidez Bronx, US
    2201 Tue Oct 14 14:06:07 EDT 2014 Tanea Benis ny, US
    2200 Tue Oct 14 14:03:01 EDT 2014 Anais Gonzalez New York, NY , US
    2199 Tue Oct 14 14:01:03 EDT 2014 alyssa wright New York, US
    2198 Tue Oct 14 13:59:07 EDT 2014 Aliza Near Bronx, NY , US
    2197 Tue Oct 14 13:55:38 EDT 2014 jose corral Bronx, NY , US
    2196 Tue Oct 14 13:35:22 EDT 2014 Janiece Matos New York, US
    2195 Tue Oct 14 13:33:02 EDT 2014 Hadassah Williams Bronx, US
    2194 Tue Oct 14 13:31:19 EDT 2014 Malene Torres Bronx, NY , US
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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).