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According to a new report released on October 11 by the UNFPA, if current trends continue, the number of child brides will increase from 60 million today to 142 million within 10 years.

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JL A (281)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 7:41 am
"On Wednesday, October 10 – the eve of the first-ever International Day of the Girl – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled new initiatives to stop early marriage and promote girls education. She was joined by world leaders, including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Your voice – and that of more than 10,000 other CARE supporters who called on Secretary Clinton to take a stand on child marriage – was heard!

Some of the new initiatives Secretary Clinton announced include:

A requirement that the State Department's annual "Country Reports on Human Rights Practice" track every country's legal minimum age of marriage and the rate of marriage for girls and boys under age 18.
A United States Agency for International Development (USAID) pilot program in Bangladesh that will look at the effects health care, education and legal rights have on child marriage. The program also will include a comprehensive education campaign to galvanize communities to bring an end to this harmful practice.
The Ford Foundation's launch of a five-year, $25 million commitment to build the political will necessary to end child marriage, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) investment of $20 million over the same period to reach the most vulnerable girls in 12 countries with high rates of child marriage.

While the event marked progress in efforts to end child marriage, we are hopeful that the U.S. government will commit to doing more to end this widespread practice. As a CARE advocate, you have a vital role to play in this work.

According to a new report released on October 11 by the UNFPA, if current trends continue, the number of child brides will increase from 60 million today to 142 million within 10 years"

This statistical exploration of child marriage finds that girls who are poor, have little or no education and live in rural areas are most likely to enter child marriages. Girls living in rural areas of the developing world are twice as likely to web before age 18 as their urban counterparts, and girls with no education are over three times more likely to do so than those with secondary or higher education. Girls’ vulnerability to child marriage substantially increases during humanitarian crises.

The report calls on governments and leaders to end child marriage by:

Enacting and enforcing national laws that raise the age of marriage to 18, for both girls and boys.
Using data to identify and target geographic “hotspots” – areas with high proportions and numbers of girls at risk of child marriage.
Expanding prevention programmes that empower girls at risk of child marriage and address the root causes underlying the practice.
Mitigating the harmful impact of child marriage on girls.

The Report

Chapter 1: Child Marriage: A Violation of Human Rights & a Deterrent to Development
Chapter 2: Measuring Child Marriage
Chapter 3: Global & Regional Levels and Trends
Chapter 4: Disparities & Inequalities
Chapter 5: What to Expect if Current Trends Continue
Chapter 6: Giving Girls a Chance: An Agenda for Action
Annex 1: Profiles of 10 Countries with the Highest Rates of Child Marriage
Annex 2: Percentage of Women 20-24 Married/In Union before Age 18 by Background Characteristics, 2000-2011


Kit B (276)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 9:11 am

Of course these children have no choice. Some times the marriage is in lieu of payment of a debt by the father. Other times it's considered a family obligation. This is a time for international pressure on these countries to bring education to even the most remote villages. Education for the parents and children. Even religious clerics need to realize how they are causing harm by promoting this archaic concept.

JL A (281)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 9:29 am
Kit, you explain the crux of the matter with clarity and compassion; thank you. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

Jana Puz (20)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 10:06 am
Do we not have a name for it - pedophilia? We need to change this. There is no happiness for these girls
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