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Take Action TODAY To Prevent Child Marriage and Ensure Women's Issues Are Heard

Written By: Lori Adelman
June 10, 2009

 

Call Congress Today

The State Department Reauthorization Bill is coming to the House floor TODAY  and includes important provisions to prevent child marriage, and to make the newly-formed Office on Global Women’s Issues permanent. This office will increase the State Department’s long-term capacity to make U.S. policy decisions more effective in meeting the needs of women and girls.

Certain members of Congress are trying to derail the Office of Global Women’s Issues and we need your help to ensure that women’s issues are a key part of U.S. policy. Call or email your Representative TODAY and ask them to support the State Department Reauthorization (H.R. 2410). Click here to find your Representative’s contact information. Write your own note, or use the text below:

Dear [Name],

I strongly urge you to vote in favor of the State Department Reauthorization, because it permanently establishes the Office of Global Women’s Issues to promote the health and rights of women and girls. Other key provisions include programs to protect girls from child marriage – a health and human rights violation with grave consequences. We know there are efforts underfoot to undermine the Office of Global Women’s Issues, and I urge you to oppose them and stand up for women – you have my support in doing so.

This legislation is crucial to securing a just and healthy life for every woman and girl.

Sincerely, [Name]

To read IWHC’s letter in support of the Office of Global Women’s Issues, click here.

To view a video on the practice of child marriage, click here.

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