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End Child Marriage In Florida

Did you know children can legally marry in Florida? From 2001 to 2015, over 16,000 children under the age of 18 married in Florida, the second highest rate in the US for that period. Child marriage is linked to higher rates of dropping out of school, poverty, domestic violence and mental and physical health disorders. It is time something was done! A bill was just introduced in Florida’s state legislature which would end child marriage. Please email Florida lawmakers to tell them to support the bill and protect Florida’s girls.

(The form will send your message to the members of the next committees reviewing the laws, the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Rules Committee)

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Florida. A hotspot for child marriage?

Did you know children can legally marry in Florida? A bill was just introduced in state legislature which would end child marriage. Please email Florida lawmakers to tell them to support the bill and protect Florida’s girls.

 


WE HELPED END CHILD MARRIAGE IN NEW YORK

We launched a digital campaign alongside several partner organizations in February 2017 calling for New York State to raise the legal age of marriage from 14 to 17. Tens of thousands of you joined us and took action. Governor Andrew Cuomo heard our call and on June 20 signed legislation that will dramatically reduce the circumstances under which children can marry!

New York State took an important step toward ending child marriage, as Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 20, 2017 signed legislation to dramatically reduce the circumstances under which children can marry.

CHILD MARRIAGE GLOBALLY

15 million girls marry before age 18 each year. Child marriage has devastating consequences. Married girls face health risks—including death—due to early pregnancy, are usually forced to quit education, sink deeper into poverty, and are at greater risk of domestic and sexual violence. If child marriage continues at this rate, by 2050 there will be 1.2 billion women alive who married as children. There’s no time to waste—demand an end to child marriage on October 11, International Day of the Girl.

 

Child Marriage in Tanzania

The Problem: Almost two out of every 5 girls are married before 18. Bride price perpetuates the practice. Married girls can be expelled from school and pregnant girls are often forced to drop out.

Our Advocacy: A court recently ruled that Tanzania must raise the legal marrying age to 18, but the government has appealed the ruling. We want the government to make 18 the minimum marriage age for girls and boys. We want schools to stop mandatory pregnancy testing, and we are pushing for all girls to have access to education.

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Child Marriage in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government is yet to take sufficient steps to end child marriage, in spite of promises to do so. Instead, in steps in the wrong direction, after her July 2014 pledge to end child marriage by 2041, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attempted to lower the age of marriage for girls from 18 to 16 years old, raising serious doubts about her commitment.

The Problem: 52 percent of girls marry by age 18, and 18 percent before turning 15. Costs associated with education – like books and uniforms – cause girls to drop out of school, which drives child marriage. Local officials accept bribes to fake the age of child brides.

Our Advocacy: Bangladesh wants to end marriage before the age of 15 by 2021 and before age 18 by 2041. We want the government to to step away from a plan to lower girls’ marrying age from 18. We also want it to finish its long-promised action plan to end child marriage.

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Child Marriage in Zimbabwe

Child marriage in Africa often ends a girl’s education, exposes her to domestic violence and grave health risks from early childbearing and HIV, and traps her in poverty.

The Problem: Nearly one-third of girls in Zimbabwe marry before their 18th birthday. Bride price, or the practice of a man paying a woman or girl’s family money or cattle to marry their daughter, fuels this.  

Our Advocacy: In positive news, the government made 18 the new marriage age for girls and boys, and there is a proposed law banning bride price for girls under 18.  We want Zimbabwe to repeal all remaining laws that allow for child marriage, and to create an action plan to stop child marriage.

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