U.N., Lawmakers Urged to Curb Forced Marriages

Womensenews – 02/25/08
Jill Hindenach – WeNews correspondent

Over 51 million girls under 18 in the developing world are forced to marry, a practice widely viewed as a violation of their human rights. U.S. advocates are now flagging congressional bills to help curb the practice.

– UNICEF photo of the year 2007, image Stephanie Sinclair –

(WOMENSENEWS)–After gaining legislative backers in July, opponents of forced early marriage are now forcing the issue into a higher profile.

Today the International Center for Research on Women is launching a week of action, encouraging the public to lobby their representatives via letters and phone calls to support bills to fund programs to help curb the practice. . .

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