Tell Obama to End Child Marriage Worldwide
We need the Obama Administration to deliver what was promised: a comprehensive strategy across all government agencies for ending child marriage.
In March 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) that included a commitment to ending child marriage worldwide. The law requires the State Department to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to end child marriage and to direct U.S. foreign assistance to programs in countries where child marriage is prevalent.
While early, forced and child marriage has, to date, gained greater visibility through stand-alone initiatives, no strategy exists to address this problem in a comprehensive way. With less than two years before the end of his term, we are urging President Obama to make ending early, forced and child marriage a priority before he leaves office.
Every day that we wait, another 39,000 girls are married. This is unacceptable. When girls marry early, they are more likely to experience domestic violence, suffer health problems, die in childbirth or lose their newborn infants.
We must end child marriage to allow girls to realize their full potential and achieve the world we want. We need a coordinated, comprehensive strategy immediately.
You can help. Tell President Obama to issue an Executive Order directing the U.S. government to use its full force to protect and empower the world’s girls and end child marriage, once and for all.
AJWS is joining other members of Girls Not Brides USA to distribute this petition.
Every day 39,000 girls are married--that's 14.2 million girls per year. Child marriage is an unacceptable human rights violation that is happening in countries all across the world.
It's time to give U.S. efforts to protect and empower adolescent girls the full force of law: Sign an Executive Order authorizing a coordinated, comprehensive Adolescent Girls Strategy immediately.
Please make these important efforts law today, so they will live on as a core pillar of U.S. foreign policy tomorrow.