Child brides Devin camp, reilly richa, julia rzonca

Dear House of Representatives,

We would like to reintroduce the "International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act." Child Marriage according to Girls not Brides is "Child Marriage is any formal marriage or informal union where one or both of the parties are under 18 years of age. Each year, 15 million girls are marries before the age of 8. That is 28 girls every minute, 1 every 2 seconds."

Our goal is to provide financial assistance to NGO'S to end child marriage. This practice violates articles 16, "The right to marry and have a family if they want to." Article 5, "No torture." Article 1, "We are all born free and equal." These surpass cultural relativism because, girls have no choice and their freedom gets taken away from them.

https://www.worldvision.org.hk/en/learn/child-marriage
This information comes from: http://www.womanstats.org/newmapspage.html

"In communities where women are generally not considered viable wage earners, families often view daughters as an economic burden. Impoverished parents may decide to betroth a daughter early to avoid the cost of education—if schooling is even available for girls—and ease the financial load of caring for a child. When schooling is not available, parents have an extra incentive to marry off daughters sooner. Families sometimes marry off a child to erase debts or settle feuds."(Council on Foregin Relations).

Child brides are more likely to describe their first sexual experience as being forced into having sex. "Advocates for girls’ rights say this isolation can have emotionally scarring effects, as well as violent consequences if their new families mistreat them. The typically large age gap between a child bride and her spouse makes her more vulnerable to domestic abuse and nonconsensual sex."(Council on Foregin Relations).

Our plan of action is, to educate women and tell them how to fight back against this lifestyle. When women are educated they understand what is happening to them and they know it is wrong. This allows, the women to push back against their culture. Our second plan of action is, giving funds to NGO's, so these organizations can help the women get out. Some examples of NGO's are the organizations Care and Breakthrough.

Logos of the two companies

This act will help the U.N. Sustainability Development Goals:

Sustainability goal #3- "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages". These women would not be abused by their new families. Along with this, the child birth mortality would go down. These women will be able to have kids when they want and not die or get very injured when they are giving birth. Mentally, the women will build their self esteem and be able to love themselves and not feel like a piece of property.

Sustainability goal #5- "Achieve equality and empower all women and girls". The women will be able to have choice and choose who they get to spend the rest of their lives with. They will also not be sold off and won't be treated as property. When that happens, these women are part of the society and will get a say on what is going on in the community.

Sustainability goal #16- "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable inclusive institutions at all levels". For this one, when these communities include these women, it will become peaceful within the society. It may take time, but when we educate these women and even the men, they will all learn to respect each other.

If the practice of child marriage continues, women will continue to be treated as property and it will spread to different countries as well. This practice will become more and more normal and then more and more people will think it is okay to do. This needs to stop or these women and more women will be considered property and dying because of the young age of having kids. They will continue to try and have kids and either the girl will die or the baby will die.

We need the government's help to provide money to NGOs, so these women will be educated and brought out of child marriage and the horrible effects that come with it.

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