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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    2066 Thu Jul 24 17:50:29 EDT 2014 Enisa Mehmeti Addison, IL , US
    2065 Thu Jul 24 17:48:49 EDT 2014 Sasha Molina Melrose Park, IL , US
    2064 Thu Jul 24 09:07:51 EDT 2014 Neetu Toor Toronto, ON , CA
    2063 Thu Jul 24 08:08:31 EDT 2014 lisa wilson craigavon, GB Child marriage has to stop
    2062 Wed Jul 23 10:19:46 EDT 2014 kiersten geiger nyc, NY , US
    2061 Wed Jul 23 06:36:21 EDT 2014 Anonymous
    2060 Wed Jul 23 05:40:30 EDT 2014 Anonymous Ormond, VIC , AU
    2059 Tue Jul 22 16:05:33 EDT 2014 lucy d'mello
    2058 Tue Jul 22 14:10:24 EDT 2014 Jessica Allen New York, NY , US
    2057 Tue Jul 22 04:47:21 EDT 2014 Esther van de Ridder Harderwijk, Select a state , NL
    2056 Sun Jul 20 16:48:33 EDT 2014 Kathrin Lewis New York, US
    2055 Sat Jul 19 14:51:40 EDT 2014 Keri Northcott Alameda, CA , US
    2054 Sat Jul 19 08:18:58 EDT 2014 Stella Tsavdari Kalloni, GR+51 , GR
    2053 Fri Jul 18 15:48:50 EDT 2014 Gemma Cooke GB+G2 , GB
    2052 Fri Jul 18 14:05:37 EDT 2014 Willeke Pico Raamsdonksveer, NL
    2051 Fri Jul 18 12:15:50 EDT 2014 Dixie L. Howe Challenge, CA , US Women need to be allowed to develop emotionally and intellectually. With early marriage the primary goal is to please a man and curtail any or all development. If she has daughters, and of course, many More....
    2050 Fri Jul 18 06:46:22 EDT 2014 Eva Karamichail Antissa, GR+51 , GR
    2049 Tue Jul 15 11:19:17 EDT 2014 Kristiyana Petkova London, GB
    2048 Tue Jul 15 06:32:44 EDT 2014 Judith Lewis Swansea, GB+Z1 , GB
    2047 Sat Jul 12 20:37:11 EDT 2014 Holly Fahey Melbourne, VIC , AU
    2046 Sat Jul 12 05:58:54 EDT 2014 Aoife Corcoran Dublin, IE+07 , IE
    2045 Fri Jul 11 16:36:28 EDT 2014 Sile Whelan Dublin, IE
    2044 Fri Jul 11 16:26:16 EDT 2014 Lisa Burkhardt Dublin 6, IE
    2043 Fri Jul 11 15:49:38 EDT 2014 aileen creane wexford, IE+30 , IE
    2042 Fri Jul 11 15:43:04 EDT 2014 Eabhnat Ní Laighin Glasgow, GB+V2 , 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).