Victory! Major Provisions Passed of the Preventing Child Marriage Act

Victory in the House! The power of your voice was evident the week before last, when the House passed major provisions of the Preventing Child Marriage Act. Thanks to your extraordinary efforts and that of other CARE advocates, Congress heard one clear message: We stand together in the fight against global poverty.

Hundreds of meetings with members of Congress and staff by CARE advocates during the National Conference and Celebration, combined with thousands of e-mails by CARE advocates came together to spark conversations about global poverty and girl’s rights all over Congress!

This is the first time ending child marriage has been prioritized as a foreign policy goal. I think every American would agree that the United States should be a global leader in the fight to end the practice of forcing girls as young as 8 years old to become wives.

– Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN)

In an overwhelming vote, almost two-thirds of Congress listened to your calls and voted to send child marriage prevention legislation to the Senate. This landmark vote is an early victory in the effort to advance the rights of girls everywhere, but the fight is not over yet.

CARE still needs your help. Now that the bill has gone to the Senate, we must rally as many co-sponsors as possible so the bill does not die on the vine. Show Congress we have the will to see this through! Please, send a quick note to your elected officials encouraging them to stand up for girls’ rights. That simple action can help stop the practice that presses 25,000 girls into marriage every day!

Ask your Senator to stand with CARE and millions of other supporters in the United States by becoming a co-sponsor of the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009 (S.987).

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