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Every day, 39,000 girls are married before they turn 18, usually against their will and to much older men. An estimated 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020.
Early and forced marriage deprives girls of their childhood,
education, health, and security. Their futures are sacrificed. They are at
greater risk of domestic violence and sexually transmitted infections. Child
brides often become pregnant before their bodies have fully matured and are
more likely to experience complications during childbirth, including death.
Early and forced marriage spans cultures, continents, religions,
and race. It's a global problem in need of a global solution.
With the recent
passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry now has a legislative mandate to produce a comprehensive strategy to
end child marriage. This includes funding programs that educate parents and
communities about the harms of child marriage and empower girls to have control
over their futures.
Secretary Kerry to lead the fight against child marriage and help girls
worldwide live healthy, safe, educated, and empowered lives.
The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) promotes and protects the rights and health of women and girls in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.