End child marriage on International Day of the Girl Child

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October 11, 2012 is the world's first International Day of the Girl Child.

On this day the International Women’s Health Coalition is standing with the members of the Girls Not Brides global partnership to end early and forced marriage. 

Every year, around the world 10 million girls under the age of 18 enter into early and forced marriages. They are usually married to much older men with little or no information about their sexual and reproductive health, including contraception, safe motherhood, and preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Girls who marry early also face a greater risk of experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse.

To end child marriage, there must be action both at the local level where it affects girls the most and at the international policy level. Here are some things you can do today to help change the reality of girls and young women throughout the world.

Learn about child brides on You Tube: A Choice, A Chance: How Young Women in Cameroun are Ending Child Marriage

Read about it on Girls Not Brides.

Find out more about what’s happening in Canada on the International Day of the Girl Child:

Girlhood Studies Conference – McGIll University

Day of the Girl

Status of Women Canada

Plan Canada