Thanks to action by thousands of Plan supporters, the ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign has helped support important breakthroughs to end child marriage.
Plan UK welcomes the UK Government’s leadership and commitment to supporting girls to avoid child marriage and stay in education.
- In 2011, the UK Government announced it would support at least 700,000 girls to complete secondary education by 2014.
- The same year, the Government led efforts to secure a commitment to ending early and forced marriage in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Communiqué.
- 2011 also saw the UK’s Department for International Development launch an integrated programme, in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, to delay marriage for at least 200,000 girls in the Amhara region.
- In May 2012 Lynne Featherstone, former UK Minister responsible for ending violence against women, publicly announced her commitment to held end child marriage: “I take the vow to work to end early and forced marriage and commit to raising the profile of this issue up the international agenda, empowering girls to stay in school, to enjoy their rights and to fulfill their aspirations.”
Your campaigning really is having an impact. But we can’t afford to lose momentum now.
Every day, over 27,000 girls are forced or coerced into marriage. If we are to end child marriage, we need to support the UK Government to go further and faster.
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Further vital action
Building on current momentum, Plan is calling on the UK Government to continue to show strong leadership on ending child marriage.
The coming months present major opportunities to advance the rights of girls.
Plan is supporting the UK’s Department for International Development to work with governments and civil society to:
- Secure a political commitment and action to end child marriage at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
- Develop a plan of action by the end of 2014 to end child marriage in the Commonwealth.
- Take steps towards the passing of a new United Nations General Assembly resolution by 2015 to end child marriage.
- Ensure increased investment in interventions to end child marriage at national level and to share learning and replicate existing integrated programmes which address all of the realities of a girls’ life that can lead to child marriage.
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Read the full list of Plan's recommendations to the Department for International Development