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The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act would help improve state child welfare systems in order to better protect children.
Passing this legislation would be an important step toward creating the safety net we need to end child trafficking in the U.S.
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India has the largest number of child brides in the world. The vast majority of child brides never finish school, making it difficult to find gainful employment. Getting an education is one of the most effective ways to delay early marriage. A girl who receives seven or more years of schooling is more likely to delay marriage by four years.
Rippled Purpose feeds and educates girls living in slums outside of the resort town of Goa, India. For these young girls, getting an education is their only chance at a better life.
The Bright Future program, or Biruh Tesfa in Amharic, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia helps low-income women and girls become assimilated into society by providing them academic education, life skills, and reproductive education. Mentors help the girls realize their true potential in society. Sign the petition telling UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the Bright Future Program is a monumental step in preventing violence against women.
Child marriage happens in many countries all around the world. Often, girls are taken from their families and denied education opportunities to become wives and mothers far before they are ready for the task. This video by UNICEF features a clip of a girl in Yemen who was married at 13 years old.