June’s Month of Action: End Child Marriage
During the month of June, the IDG Summit Team joins Girls Not Brides USA in the fight to end child marriage.
Every day, approximately 37,000 girls under the age of 18 get married. Most of these girls have little or no say in the matter. They are robbed of their youth, their education, their health, and their futures.
Child marriage is a global problem that requires a global solution. That’s why as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the U.S. Congress directed the State Department to take action to end child marriage around the world.
Now the Girls Not Brides USA coalition and the #Lead4Girls campaign is calling on Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. government to turn rhetoric into action.
Please join #Lead4Girls today and tell Secretary Kerry to give all girls a choice, and a chance, for a real future.
Here’s what you can do:
- Tweet @JohnKerry using the sample messages below or create your own messages urging the Secretary of State to #Lead4Girls and #EndChildMarriage for #IDG2014.
- Create a selfie with the message “@JohnKerry Please work to #EndChildMarriage and #Lead4Girls!” and post it to your facebook, tumblr, instagram and twitter accounts.
- Join a Twitter chat on June 11 at 8pm EST!
.@JohnKerry: Help #endchildmarriage by 2030! Commit the U.S. to #Lead4Girls! #11MonthsofActionhttp://bit.ly/1k1kl4f
Pls RT-> Girls like me should be students, not brides! @JohnKerry: support girls’ education to #endchildmarriage #lead4girls #IDG2014
Child marriage is a violation of girls’ rights & takes away our choices & opportunities; Pls #Lead4Girls & work 2 #endchildmarriage #IDG2014
14M girls r married every year b4 age 18. Girls like me deserve a life they choose. @JohnKerry #endchildmarriage. #lead4girls #IDG2014
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