California Coalition to End Child Marriage

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Help end child marriage in California. Join Zonta USA, Unchained at Last and others to end this human rights abuse that traps children, mostly girls, and impacts their access to education, social services, and is linked to domestic violence, financial abuse and early pregnancy and health consequences. 

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Zonta is dedicated to Ending Child Marriage – in CALIFORNIA

Child marriage, or marriage before age 18, was legal in all 50 U.S. states as of 2017, based on archaic laws at the state level.   Delaware and New Jersey in 2018 became the first two states to end this human rights abuse, followed by American Samoa in 2018, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Pennsylvania and Minnesota in 2020, Rhode Island and New York in 2021, Massachusetts in 2022 and Vermont and Connecticut in 2023.

However, child marriage remains legal in 41 states and is happening in the U.S. at an alarming rate: Unchained’s groundbreaking research revealed that nearly 300,000 children as young as 10 were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2018 – mostly girls wed to adult men.

Nationally, Zonta has also Partnered with UNICEF USA to Raise Awareness about Child Marriage in the USA

Please visit and share our website www.stopchildmarriages.org  and TAKE ACTION to message your state representatives to End Child Marriage in Your State.

Act Now- Message your State Representatives

CALIFORNIA COALITION TO END CHILD MARRIAGE ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS:

Unchained at Last –  Lead Partner and Convener

Zonta Clubs of California – Lead Partner

Zonta District 9

-AHA Foundation
-California Women’s Law Center
-California NOW
-Equality Now
-American Atheists – National Coalition Member

-Feminist Majority Foundation
-Girls Learn International
-National Center for Lesbian Rights

– Ultraviolet (weareultraviolet.org)

Additional Coalition Members:

Zonta Clubs in California:

BERKELEY/NORTH BAY

Berkeley, CA

BURBANK AREA

Burbank, CA

CONEJO VALLEY AREA

Thousand Oaks, CA

E-CLUB OF SILICON VALLEY

Mountain View, CA

WEST LOS ANGELES (IN FORMATION)
NEWPORT HARBOR

Costa Mesa, CA

PORTERVILLE

Porterville, CA

RIVERSIDE

Riverside, CA

SACRAMENTO

Sacramento, CA

Torrance, CA

Child Marriage News and Information

Resources, Articles, News and Updates

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U.S. Government joins the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Program to End Child Marriage

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Child marriage is still legal in California. How could this be? | Opinion

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Burbank CA Event to End Child Marriage in CA

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Zonta Takes Stance Against Child Marriage Through Legislation- Burbank Leader

“Children married under the age of 18 often live a life full of hardships and [...]

Child Marriage is Legal in California

Let’s End this Human rights abuse BY MACKENZIE MAYS  https://www.latimes.com/…/why-child-marriage-is-still… Shocking that it is allowed Rep. [...]

Michigan Votes to End Child Marriage: Sends to Governor for Signature

After six years of our relentless advocacy, the #Michigan legislature just sent the legislation to [...]