Global Community Must Work To End Child Marriage
The Guardian: Love conquers all? Not for child brides unable to choose sweetheart or spouse
Ashley Judd, humanitarian, writer, and actor
“…Child marriage is both a cause and a consequence of poverty and gender inequality. … Our leaders have agreed that we need to end poverty and fight inequality, and that championing our girls and women is essential to advancing humanity’s common dream of a better world. Most countries have banned marriage for people under 18, and recognize the benefits of having equal numbers of girls and boys in school, university, and the workplace. However, in too many places, laws are simply not being enforced. Therefore, impunity must also end, and girls that speak up, and those that can’t, must have justice…” (2/15).