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.

 

TEXT OF PETITION

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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    2157 Sun Sep 14 16:31:29 EDT 2014 Naimah Ahmad Catonsville, MD , US
    2156 Sun Sep 14 05:11:54 EDT 2014 FOTINI KATSIRU GR+35 , GR
    2155 Sat Sep 13 22:00:17 EDT 2014 Doris Volmar Baesweiler, DE+07 , DE
    2154 Sat Sep 13 21:59:56 EDT 2014 Doris Volmar Baesweiler, DE+07 , DE
    2153 Fri Sep 12 23:44:21 EDT 2014 Mrs. USA United Nations Chicago, IL , US
    2152 Fri Sep 12 09:29:45 EDT 2014 Frances Byrne Hemel Hempstead, GB+F8 , GB
    2151 Fri Sep 12 05:28:33 EDT 2014 Ridhi Malik New Delhi, IN+07 , IN
    2150 Thu Sep 11 10:44:09 EDT 2014 Anne Easker US
    2149 Wed Sep 10 00:05:22 EDT 2014 Caroline Richards Cormier Edmonton, AB , CA
    2148 Mon Sep 08 18:00:34 EDT 2014 Suzy Cole Rocklin, OR , US Girls are human beings, not property. Please don't cut off their potential before it has a chance to emerge.
    2147 Sat Sep 06 11:11:24 EDT 2014 Tomoko Arata Tokyo, JP
    2146 Thu Sep 04 06:16:10 EDT 2014 Rachel Cummings S. Croydon, GB
    2145 Wed Sep 03 14:04:44 EDT 2014 Anonymous Richmond, VIC , AU
    2144 Tue Sep 02 21:12:24 EDT 2014 Sally Lattimore NZ
    2143 Mon Sep 01 18:02:31 EDT 2014 Caroline Richards Cormier Edmonton, AB , CA
    2142 Mon Sep 01 18:02:17 EDT 2014 Caroline Richards Cormier Edmonton, AB , CA
    2141 Mon Sep 01 06:16:57 EDT 2014 Anonymous Ivanka pri Dunaji, SK+02 , SK
    2140 Sun Aug 31 17:36:48 EDT 2014 Timothy Sturmey Manchester, GB+18 , GB
    2139 Fri Aug 29 14:09:32 EDT 2014 Irene Torresani South Abington, PA , US
    2138 Thu Aug 28 00:43:17 EDT 2014 Yitzhak Avraham La Roche-en-Ardenne, BE Give girls the liberty of their choice!
    2137 Tue Aug 26 21:34:52 EDT 2014 Annelies Joss Albuquerque, US
    2136 Tue Aug 26 18:57:59 EDT 2014 Jia Safi Peshawar , PK I would like child marriage to end as soon as possible. It's hard to believe girls my age are sometimes forced into marriage or are going through pregnancy while married. It's not right for them to be More....
    2135 Tue Aug 26 03:23:32 EDT 2014 Yvonne Eriksson Ludvika, SE
    2134 Tue Aug 26 01:54:25 EDT 2014 Sierra Kautiainen Valencia, CA , US
    2133 Mon Aug 25 14:11:47 EDT 2014 Stacey Talbut BC ,
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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).