More help for child brides. Positive changes are happening.


There’s still plenty of legislative gridlock in Washington, D.C., but we’re thrilled to note that it didn’t extend to the Violence Against Women Act, which was recently reauthorized by both the U.S. House and Senate and includes a provision aimed at curbing child marriage in developing countries.

Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, a Democratic senator from Illinois, led the charge to include the language, which requires the secretary of state to come up with a variety of strategies for preventing child marriage and empowering girls in developing countries.

In addition, nations that receive foreign assistance from the United States will be required to provide updates on the status of child marriage in their countries as part of their regular reporting.

The Durbin provisions mirror what was in the Child Marriage Prevention Act, which he and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine introduced in the most recent Congresses. That act passed the…

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