Prevent Child Marriage
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In the past, every year, 51 million girls are forcibly married, sometimes before they reach puberty, now it‘s even worse. These numbers will be increasing. The victims of child marriage are often denied educational opportunities. They experience higher risks of domestic violence, maternal death, infant mortality, obstetric fistula and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. Child "brides" are often deprived of social connections and suffer restricted mobility, limited control over resources and little or no power in their new households. The United States can help end child marriages by implementing the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, which authorizes foreign assistance programs to prevent child marriage and provides educational and economic opportunities for girls around the world. The House has passed this bill, and the Senate must do the same. Please, do support this legislation and work for its passage, now.
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