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Call to End Child Marriage Now
The abhorrent practice of child marriage victimizes young women and girls around the world and contributes to the extreme poverty and insecurity that destabilizes much of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The International Child Marriage Prevention and Protection Act of 2006 (S.3651), introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), would help bring an end to this practice. Please e-mail your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor S.3651.
Women who are married before the age of 18 have reduced rates of education and increased risk for premature pregnancy, maternal and infant mortality, obstetric fistula and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. Child marriage is a violation both of an individual’s right to ‘free and full’ consent to marriage, something a child cannot give, and the rights of women to not be subject to discrimination.

The Episcopal Church’s commitment to women’s equality – embodied by its adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a mission priority for the Church – stems from its belief that only when all live as equals in Christ can humanity flourish in the liberty and righteousness God intends for his people. We also support the 1979 U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which specifically describes child marriage as a threat to women’s rights.

Contact your Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor The International Child Marriage Prevention and Protection Act of 2006 (S.3651).

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