Child Marriage

With your help, we sent thousands of letters to senators, making our voices heard. May 24, 2012, the U.S. Senate passed the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011 (S.414) to prevent this harmful practice that affects 10 million girls globally every year.

We weren't done yet. Your letters to Congress, child marriage petition signatures, and in-district meetings got your government representatives to pay attention to you and your views. In March of 2013, there was a victory for women and girls living in the United States and abroad. The House of Representatives passed the long-awaited child marriage legislation as part of a broader Violence Against Women Act.

Together, we are making a difference.

Because of your hard work, the United States has now made child marriage a foreign policy priority! We are all playing a part to end this practice and speak up on behalf of the 1 in 7 girls who will be married before they are 15 years old.

Say "thank you" to your members of Congress for their bipartisan leadership and commitment to ending child marriage!

Learn More
Read more about this important legislation.

Get the Facts
Learn more facts and statistics about child marriage. 

Take Action
Join girls across the country in thanking your member of Congress for passing important legislation to end child marriage through the Violence Against Women Act.

Watch Senator Durbin's Thank You video to Girl Up supporters for their hard work to prioritize the end of child marriage!