Monday, October 26, 2009

Take action to stop child marriages: Call or email Congress TODAY & ask them to cosponsor legislation

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Take action today to stop child marriages! In several countries across the world, including India, Niger, and Uganda, more than half of girls are married before they turn 18. Girls as young as 7 or 8 are forced into marriage, and pressured to give birth before their bodies are ready.
Legislation to prevent child marriage around the world was just introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 2103) and U.S. Senate (S. 987). In some countries, as many as 76% of girls are married before age 18, contributing to high maternal mortality rates across the developing world: Chances of dying from pregnancy related complications are 5 times more likely for girls under the age of 15 years.
Take Action today! This is your chance to take a stand against the widespread practice of child marriage that takes place in many of the world's poorest countries. These girls face increased risks for domestic violence, maternal mortality, infant mortality, obstetric fistula, and contracting HIV. They are often forced to drop out of school, and lose the chance to gain vital skills that could help them overcome poverty.
For the more than 100 million girls in the developing world who will be married in the next ten years, it is critical that this legislation passes. Call or email Congress TODAY and ask them to cosponsor this legislation. 
This legislation is crucial to securing a just and healthy life for every woman and girl.
For Women's Lives,
Anushay Hossain Feminist Majorit Foundation Global Programs Director
Anushay Hossain
Global Programs Coordinator



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