Advocacy

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CARE is a leader in advocacy to end child marriage. One of our key roles is co-chairing Girls Not Brides: The United States Partnership to End Child Marriage (GNB USA, formerly the Child Marriage Coalition).  GNB USA is comprised of more than 50 organizations with offices in the United States, and is officially affiliated with Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 300 civil society organizations from 67 countries working to address child marriage, and much of our work is undertaken in regular consultation and coordination with the Global Secretariat based in London.

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Tipping Point advocacy efforts are geared towards using learning, documentation and analysis to build evidence for advocacy against early marriage and to support momentum for action and change in Bangladesh, Nepal and more broadly. Recognizing that practices such as early marriage that are rooted in social norms will not be solved solely through legal or policy means, the project’s advocacy extends beyond a focus on formal policies (e.g. minimum age of marriage laws) to include efforts to influence and transform social and structural drivers of early marriage.

Rep. Fortenberry of  Nebraska, who recently traveled with CARE, writes  about the importance of foreign aid after visiting programs in Guatemala and Honduras. “We benefit economically when there is fair and smart exchange with other countries.”

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