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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    2270 Tue Dec 16 11:02:21 EST 2014 Ann Murphy Woodstock, GA , US
    2269 Mon Dec 15 11:30:54 EST 2014 Ninom Rouze Moreira Maberly, ON , CA
    2268 Mon Dec 15 11:23:00 EST 2014 Anonymous boise, ID , US Girls and young woman have the right to choose when and if they marry. They must be allowed to make this choice themselves when they are adults
    2267 Sat Dec 13 17:27:06 EST 2014 Jane Anderson Oxford, GB
    2266 Sat Dec 13 08:16:15 EST 2014 Ninom Rouze Moreira Maberly, ON , CA
    2265 Sat Dec 13 06:33:06 EST 2014 Anonymous BE Every child has the right to an education. Every child has the right to live free from violence and fear.
    No child should be married before it comes of age.
    Nobody should have to marry against More....
    2264 Sat Dec 13 04:04:55 EST 2014 sophie skidmore GB+M3 , GB
    2263 Thu Dec 11 13:21:15 EST 2014 Enrica Alemanno Lecce, ot , IT
    2262 Sun Dec 07 21:27:30 EST 2014 Emily Mejia Los Angeles , CA , US
    2261 Sun Dec 07 19:48:19 EST 2014 Emily Mejia Los Angeles , CA , US
    2260 Sat Dec 06 05:50:52 EST 2014 Martha White GB+K2 , GB
    2259 Wed Dec 03 11:13:06 EST 2014 Jeanne Belanger Sherbrooke , QC , CA
    2258 Tue Dec 02 14:15:16 EST 2014 Jeanne Belanger Sherbrooke , QC , CA I'm very impressed by your organization
    2257 Tue Dec 02 11:09:21 EST 2014 maria buckland London, GB+O5 , GB
    2256 Sun Nov 30 17:42:08 EST 2014 Mikael Nolet Montreal, QC , CA We must act as a worlwide community,because whether injustice happens in our own country or anothers. Its our duty as humans to bring justice to this earth.
    2255 Mon Nov 24 07:54:13 EST 2014 Enoka Fernandopulle Nugegoda, ot , LK
    2254 Sun Nov 23 18:35:48 EST 2014 Ivette Benitez Sultan, WA , US
    2253 Sun Nov 23 17:59:15 EST 2014 Anonymous Savannah, US These aren't marriages. They're acts of Pedophilia and Child Abuse; and these practices need to be outlawed immediately, with lengthy prison-time for violations,
    2252 Sat Nov 15 11:24:44 EST 2014 Lorraine Green Oakville, ON , CA
    2251 Wed Nov 12 04:59:33 EST 2014 alyssa clements effort, PA , US
    2250 Mon Nov 10 22:06:34 EST 2014 Anonymous Perth, Select a state , AU Please help these poor girls. Life shouldnt be so hard for anyone.
    2249 Mon Nov 10 13:54:18 EST 2014 Ronda Wright-Phipps Alfred, NY , US
    2248 Mon Nov 10 10:52:13 EST 2014 Alyssa Sanchez Boone, US
    2247 Tue Nov 04 23:00:42 EST 2014 Ritsa Panagis Playa Vista, CA , US
    2246 Tue Nov 04 17:04:12 EST 2014 Lucia Menchi Donoratico, IT+16 , IT
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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).