Devastating Consequences of
Early End to Education
Lower Wages, Poverty
Increased Risk of Domestic Violence
Higher Divorce Rates
Higher risk of HIV and other
sexually transmitted diseases
Early, frequent and higher risk pregnancies
In partnership with UNICEF USA, urge your state legislators to pass legislation to end child marriage
UNICEF calls child marriage a harmful practice and a violation of child rights, and believes that marriage under age 18 should be prohibited in all circumstances. The risks are just as real for child marriages in the U.S. as they are in developing countries.
Demand 18 Years Old
– No Exceptions
Until every state — and every country –
enacts legislation to protect children,
particularly young girls,
from being forced into marriage,
thousands of children in the USA
are at risk of missing out on education
and the chance to be a child.
UNICEF USA and Zonta International have joined forces to raise awareness and enact change to end child marriage globally and locally, right here in the U.S., with the ultimate goal of ensuring that girls fully enjoy their childhood free from the risk of child marriage.