In honor of the first International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th, Futures Without Violence is calling on our government leaders to end the harmful practice of child marriage – a form of gender-based violence and a human rights violation – globally. Check out the Girls Not Brides Toolkit to see how you can help raise awareness and make your voice heard. The toolkit includes suggested tweets, Facebook posts, grassroots letter templates, and more.
Futures is a part of Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of over 180 organizations working to end child marriage all over the world. Together, we aim to give a voice to girls at risk of child marriage, defend their rights to health and education, and give them the opportunities they need to fulfill their potential.
Child marriage prevents more than 10 million girls a year from being able to reach their full potential and makes it harder for families, communities, and countries to escape poverty. Child brides are more likely to drop out of school, contract HIV, experience domestic violence, and die during child birth. We need action and investment from the U.S. government so we can reach vulnerable girls in developing countries as quickly as possible.