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.
In Ghana people with mental health conditions are often considered as being possessed by evil spirits or demons. Due to these beliefs and the lack of local mental health services, some families and communities resort to shackling the person in their homes or in prayer camps. In some camps, people are chained to trees, where they would bathe, defecate, urinate, eat, and sleep, some for years. The government has made important steps to address these abuses, but much more needs to be done. It’s now been 5 years since the Mental Health Act was passed. It’s high time they invested in community-based mental health services.
ALL children should have the right to a safe education. However, around the world, schools are attacked or being occupied by military forces and armed groups in conflict zones. This endangers the lives of students and teachers and hundreds of thousands of children are denied their right to education.
By endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon can support a global effort to better protect schools during times of war. The UK armed forces already have some of the world’s strongest policies protecting schools from attack and military use and can lead by example. It's time Britain joined 69 other countries and endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration.
Forced labor, including children - linked to World Bank
Each year Uzbekistan, one of the world’s largest exporters of cotton, forces many people, including children, to work in the cotton fields for weeks in arduous conditions. Nurses and teachers are among those targeted, undermining access to health care and education.
There’s a growing trend of global apparel companies adopting supply chain transparency. It starts with these companies publishing the names, addresses, and other important information about the factories manufacturing their branded products. This is a powerful tool for promoting garment workers’ rights. Workers and labor advocates can alert brands faster and seek remedies about abuses if they know the names of the companies they are producing products for.
Call on these leading brands - Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark and Armani - to STAND UP to support garment workers’ rights by signing the transparency pledge!
Trump announced he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields young immigrants like Angie who were raised in the US from being deported. He may push Congress to trade protection for “Dreamers” for enacting other parts of his agenda to ramp up the government's broken and abusive enforcement efforts. President Trump wants to build more detention centers, and hire thousands more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Tell Congress that immigrant youth matter and are not bargaining chips. Tell your representative to protect “Dreamers” AND block Trump’s request for additional immigration enforcement funds.