From Melissa Guardaro, forwarded from Pathfinder International:
At 12, a girl needs school, not a husband. Yet every three seconds, a girl under 18 becomes a child bride.
Alemnesh* was one of them. At 12, she was married to an older man, a custom common in Ethiopia. Marriage was not her choice; she wanted to stay in school. With the support of a Pathfinder project, she got her wish and is now thriving in school again.
But not all girls have the support Alemnesh had. That’s why we need the US government to commit increased political and financial investments to end child marriage and support married adolescents. Will you take action to end child marriage today?
Our hope is to have 10,000 emails sent to Secretary Hillary Clinton by the end of October. As we approach October 11th, the first-ever International Day of the Girl, help girls like Alemnesh by showing your support to end child marriage.
Together, we can make sure more girls like Alemnesh can have bright futures.