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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    2170 Tue Sep 30 16:29:46 EDT 2014 Caroline Richards Cormier Edmonton, AB , CA
    2169 Tue Sep 30 09:10:04 EDT 2014 kylie Christian leeton, NSW , AU
    2168 Tue Sep 30 09:09:01 EDT 2014 robert johnson griffith, AU
    2167 Tue Sep 30 09:05:55 EDT 2014 kylie Christian leeton, NSW , AU
    2166 Fri Sep 26 16:41:01 EDT 2014 Mary Hastings IE
    2165 Fri Sep 26 15:23:14 EDT 2014 Heather Burke Cork, IE
    2164 Wed Sep 24 07:02:40 EDT 2014 Sunju Im Cape Town, ZA+11 , ZA
    2163 Tue Sep 23 03:54:29 EDT 2014 Viktoria Saxby Stockholm, SE
    2162 Sun Sep 21 19:27:23 EDT 2014 Kendra Ball CA
    2161 Sun Sep 21 13:51:41 EDT 2014 Angelique Mulholland London , GB+H9 , GB
    2160 Sat Sep 20 14:20:18 EDT 2014 Pippa Sztencel Bangor, GB+Y2 , GB
    2159 Sat Sep 20 09:09:06 EDT 2014 michelle gourley larne, GB+S3 , GB
    2158 Mon Sep 15 10:49:52 EDT 2014 Alison Gee Nottingham, Select a state , GB
    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
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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).