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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    2288 Sat Jan 31 06:11:26 EST 2015 Jasmin Gill Manchester, BS Why should an innocent being suffer through this endless torment of 'child marriage'?
    2287 Mon Jan 26 06:56:20 EST 2015 Adrianne Durana Cebu, ot , PH
    2286 Sun Jan 25 21:10:57 EST 2015 Laura Jones Ladson, SC , US This is a human rights issue. A child has the right to a childhood, marriage is a adult undertaking.
    2285 Thu Jan 22 10:56:21 EST 2015 lungisani jodo cape town, ZA+11 , ZA This is indeed inhuman and must be abolished as it infringes on human rights and it violates the rights of woman at large!!!!!
    2284 Wed Jan 21 13:19:19 EST 2015 Solveig Jensen Gottingen, DE
    2283 Tue Jan 20 12:36:23 EST 2015 Caroline Richards Cormier Edmonton, AB , CA
    2282 Sun Jan 18 15:15:36 EST 2015 Anonymous Astoria, NY , US
    2281 Sat Jan 17 12:34:05 EST 2015 Kelsey Buchanan Beaumont, AB , CA
    2280 Mon Jan 12 02:23:57 EST 2015 Barbara Dalby Herzliya, IL+05 , IL
    2279 Thu Jan 08 20:51:29 EST 2015 Olivia Leigh Dayton, OH , US
    2278 Thu Jan 08 03:02:29 EST 2015 Brittany Bar Nashville, TN , US Dear United Nations Human Rights Council,
    Please do something to end child marriage. Children should be able to play, learn, dream, and discover. Consequently, they should not be forced More....
    2277 Wed Jan 07 05:35:27 EST 2015 LAILA TOPOUZIS athens, GR
    2276 Sun Jan 04 16:05:12 EST 2015 Caroline Richards Cormier Edmonton, AB , CA
    2275 Sat Jan 03 14:07:05 EST 2015 Ikram Ais Sig, DZ+09 , DZ
    2274 Fri Dec 26 09:40:28 EST 2014 Claire Grandjean Courbevoie, FR+A8 , FR
    2273 Mon Dec 22 15:30:16 EST 2014 Louise Dontigny Ottawa, ON , CA
    2272 Fri Dec 19 18:53:29 EST 2014 Charlie Dixon GB Ending child marriage will go a long way to preventing child abuse and rape, as well as allowing girls the time for education.
    2271 Fri Dec 19 17:35:09 EST 2014 Bev Blundell Pemberton , BC , CA
    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
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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).