Ending Child Marriage with CARE on the International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl | CARE
I was almost 32 when I got married. I know, late by many standards, but when you don’t meet “the one” until you are 30, that’s just the path you have to take. I never even thought I would get married. In my 20’s I never had any interest. I enjoyed working and living alone and never wanted to be tied down. It wasn’t something really on my radar. I wasn’t the kind of woman who poured through wedding magazines and kept notebooks of wedding planning ideas.

With three daughters, I know that I want the same for them. I want them to take their time and not rush into a marriage. I don’t care if they get married in their 20’s or in their 30’s but I want them to find someone they love, who will love them, and I want them to be happy and feel secure in their choices. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible for way too many young girls in this world.

Did you know….

– 25,000 girls become child brides every single day

– 15 million girls have been forced into marriage between the ages of 10 – 14

– half of all girls in developing countries become mothers when they are still children themselves

The first ever International Day of the Girl will take place on October 11. It will mark the culmination of a month-long campaign raising awareness for the child marriage epidemic by inviting our constituents to visit our International Day of the Girl interactive website to take a quiz, watch videos, read a story, take action and share the campaign virally on social networks. We will also be asking our supporters to join CARE in calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help bring an end to child marriage.

Visit www.care.org/dayofthegirl to learn more about what CARE is doing to end child marriage and for some insightful statistics and stories you can use on your own blogs and websites.

This post supports the International Day of the Girl on October 11th on behalf of CARE.org and Charitable Influence, a network of bloggers using their voices for good. #unite4girls #endchildmarriage


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