Women's Rights

Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives. Human Rights Watch is working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality—protecting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls on the ground.

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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.