End Child Marriage

Zonta Advocates to End Child Marriage

Internationally and in the USA

Child marriage directly hinders eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. While the prevalence of child marriage is declining, efforts to address this human rights violation must be significantly scaled up. At this rate, it would take another 50 years to eliminate child marriage worldwide.

Zonta International has partnered with UNICEF USA and UNFPA to support the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage , which is working to achieve lasting change on a significant scale by tackling the human rights violation in a dozen of the most high-prevalence or high-burden countries.

Zonta Says NO! End Child Marriage

REsources for Messaging End Child Marriage www.zontasaysno.com

Facts about Violence Against Women pdf

Open and download full list of violence against women facts:

Click on the ZontaSaysNO link above to get  infographics like these, highlighting facts about why we must say NO to child marriage.

Legal summary of arguments for and against Ending Child Marriage

UCLA Law Review

Why Has the United States Not Banned Child Marriage?

Journal of Adolescent Health – Dec. 2021

A tremendous new resource for clubs looking at the issue of Child Marriage, both in the US and worldwide.

The Diversity and Complexity of Child Marriage

This supplement was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The articles have been peer-reviewed and edited by the editorial staff of the Journal of Adolescent Health. The opinions or views expressed in this supplement are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the funder.

Edited by Ronald Olum, Eunice Muthengi, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

Volume 69, Issue 6, Supplement,

Download all articles (PDF) : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0jpvjlt75t9zr5m/AABAguRqMJz_Ndrt17uQTqBta?dl=0

Commentary:  Fraidy Reiss Unchained at Last

Child Marriage in the United States: Prevalence and Implications

Fraidy Reiss*Unchained At Last, Westfield, New Jersey

While Americanforeignpolicy deems childmarriage a “humanrights abuse” and calls on other countries to eliminate it [1], manyAmericans remain unaware of the prevalence of child marriage in their own country [2]. One possible explanation for this lack ofawareness is that previous studies of American child marriagehave been stymied by inadequate recordkeeping…  Link to full article:

Article: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w8eja4oea2zy7p9/Child-Marriage-in-the-United-States–Prevalence-a_2021_Journal-of-Adolescent.pdf?dl=0


List of Journal Articles: (available for download as PDF’s from Zonta USA Caucus’s dropbox)

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List of Articles on Child Marriage in the Journal of Adolescent Health


Ending Child Marriage in the USA

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 [...]

Connecticut Ends Child Marriage – Becoming the 9th State

We just stood alongside Office of Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz as she signed the bill [...]

Vermont Ends Child Marriage April 21, 2023

Vermont governor signs bill raising marriage age to 18 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new [...]

A bill to require a minimum marriage age of 18 has stalled in the Legislature after several years of attempts.

By Claire Withycombe Seattle Times staff reporter Minors can still get married in WA, though [...]

A bill in Washington state to require a minimum marriage age of 18 has stalled again in the Legislature

By Associated Press | April 17, 2023, at 6:18 p.m. | OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — [...]

Washington State Legislature Fails to End Child Marriage

Claire Withycombe Seattle Times staff reporter Bill to End Child Marriage Passes Unanimously in State [...]


A Different Path

Unchained at last
America child’s marriage problem. It happens here, or American girls are sent out of the country to marry” Forced and child marriage seem like problems that don’t exist in America, but in reality marriage under the age of 18 is legal in all 50 states. After escaping her own forced marriage, activist Fraidy Reiss is working to help women and girls close the legal loopholes around these marriages for good.  (10 Min)

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