International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act (H.R. 2103, S. 987)
International Women's Health Coalition: Today the U.S. Senate passed an important bill called the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act. This bill seeks to eliminate unlawful child marriages which not only violate human rights but threaten the health of child brides. Worldwide, more than 60 million girls are married before the age of 18 and often die in childbirth.
"This bill seeks to eliminate child marriage - which is often unlawful and in violation of human rights - by expanding investments at the community level to empower girls, promoting community understanding about the harmful impact of child marriage, and requiring the U.S. government to develop a strategy to prevent child marriage.
The State Department will also be required to report on the issue of child marriage in its annual Human Rights Report. Child marriage undermines U.S. investments in foreign assistance to improve women's and girls' education, health, economic and legal status. The bill will provide such sums as necessary for five years to support child marriage prevention programs in high incident countries."