Child marriage puts the life of a girl at risk every three seconds, while diminishing her chances at education, endangering her health, cutting short her personal growth and development – and increasing the likelihood that she’ll remain poor for life.
With the first-ever International Day of the Girl less than a week from today, the time to act on this harmful issue is now!
Do you remember how close Congress came in 2010 to passing the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act? We do – this vital legislation went so far because of the dedication, commitment and support of people like you.
During the past few years, tens of thousands of CARE supporters have contacted their elected officials, advocating on behalf of young girls to put an end to this gross human rights violation. As a result of your efforts, more elected officials than ever are joining the movement to end child marriage. Thank you.
Today, we ask you to join us again in taking a stand to end child marriage and unleash every girl’s full potential. Please ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to commit to increased political and financial investments in girls around the world to end this harmful practice.
Action and investment from the U.S. government can help vulnerable girls escape early marriage and provide lifesaving support for married adolescents.
Second chances don’t come often. With the support of advocates across the country, we can make a difference in the lives of girls everywhere. Send your message to Secretary of State Clinton now – and help bring an end to child marriage for good!
Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH
President and CEO, CARE
Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, who is blind, escaped house arrest in Shandong province last week — but his future remains uncertain.
The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue is underway in Beijing now. Urge leaders to respect Chen’s human rights and allow him to choose his own future.
Chen, a self-taught lawyer who was imprisoned and then subjected to violence and house arrest for exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in China, made a daring, Houdini-like escape to the U.S. embassy. Following delicate negotiations with the United States, Chinese officials pledged to allow Chen to live a “normal life” with his family, and he initially agreed to return home.
Does this sound “normal” to you?
“I don’t know what’s happened to my mother. There are guards inside the yard, in all the rooms, even on the roof. They’ve set up lots of cameras in my home and are preparing electric fences. They told my family they’d take wooden sticks and beat my family to death, so it’s very unsafe.”
-Chen Guangcheng, in an interview with NPRi
In recent hours, Chen has expressed a desire to leave China, fearing that he and his family can never enjoy freedom under the current system.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is representing the United States in China today. Her presence can provide the pressure we need to ensure Chen’s safety. The world is watching. Let Chen choose his own future.
Director, Washington Office
Amnesty International USA