Nepal’s new constitution was adopted in September 2015, but violent protests over the lack of greater inclusion for minority communities have stalled efforts to enforce rights protections. Successive governments have made little progress on accountability for abuses during the 1996-2006 civil war, which claimed more than 13,000 lives. The two transitional justice commissions that were established have been plagued by a lack of transparency and compliance with international law. The government has failed to disburse relief funds to victims of the devastating 2015 earthquakes. Poverty and lack of access to education have led to high rates of child marriage.

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End Child Marriage In New York

End Child Marriage In New York

UPDATE: On February 28, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would support reform on the age of marriage. On March 7, the New York Senate unanimously passed S.4407. The bill now must be passed by the Assembly and signed by the governor to become law. Please help us keep the pressure on!

Did you know 14-year-olds can legally marry in New York State? From 2001 to 2010, nearly 4,000 teenagers under 18 married in New York. Research strongly links child marriage with dropping out of school, poverty, and mental and physical health problems. It is time something was done! This month, a new bill to crack down on child marriage was introduced in New York's state legislature. Please email Assembly Speaker Heastie & Assembly Member Weinstein to tell them to support the bill.