MONDAY, MARCH 8

For just 1 percent of the U.S. budget, foreign assistance saves lives and helps improve safety, health, and opportunities for children around the world. There are many foreign assistance programs-- some implemented by World Vision -- that focus on preventing child marriage and meeting the needs of already-married girls. To truly make progress in ending child marriage, foreign assistance funding for programs like these must be maintained.

Speak up today and ask Congress for a bold commitment to ending child marriage globally!

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9

It may not seem intuitive, but child marriage and maternal and child health are closely linked. Nine out of ten adolescents who give birth do so within marriage, and unfortunately, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for adolescent girls globally. While it's critical that we work to prevent and end child marriage, we must also work to serve the needs of girls who are already married – and that is where maternal and child health programming becomes critical. Ask your legislators to add their name to a bipartisan letter calling for critical funding for newborns and moms in extreme poverty!

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10

During emergencies like disasters, armed conflict, and even pandemics, there is a dramatic rise in incidents of gender-based violence, including child marriage. Our own report predicts millions more child marriages will occur globally due to the increased financial strain caused by COVID-19. Too often, gender-based violence isn’t recognized at the start of an emergency, but together, we can make sure the safety of women and girls isn’t an afterthought. Advocate for the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11

Amazing things happen when girls are able to stay in school, including a drastic reduction in the risk of child marriage. According to the 2017 Global Education Monitoring Report, 12 years of education for every girl would reduce child marriage globally by 64%. But girls face barriers like a greater proportion of domestic work (including collecting water or caring for younger siblings) and harmful gender norms that may cause a family to prioritize the education of sons over daughters. Fight those barriers by supporting the Keeping Girls in School Act.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 12

Globally, 1 billion children (nearly half of the world’s children) are exposed to violence every year. The secondary effects of COVID-19 further increase the risks of violence against children. In fact, up to 85 million more children will be exposed to physical, sexual, or emotional violence as a result of being isolated in unsafe homes, sent to work, or pushed into child marriage. Thankfully, a new bipartisan bill that World Vision helped write will elevate the needs of the children most at risk of violence. Speak up for The Strengthening Efforts to End Violence Against Children Act!

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