Bridget Duru, girlup ..We need 15,000 signatures to stop child marriage!

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A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc.,CM_blockI’m excited to let you know that you are helping make a difference in the fight against child marriage! Since we launched the child marriage petition in April, more than 10,000 membersof the Girl Up community have taken a stand to combat this harmful practice that affects thousands of girls in developing countries every day. Your incredible support shows just how powerful we can be when we unite for girls around the world. But we need your help to get more signatures!

Next week, I’m headed to the White House with some of my fellow teen advisors to deliver these signatures to Karen Richardson in the White House Office of Public Engagement. We only have five days left before the big delivery. In order to show Washington how serious we are, we want to get to 15,000 signatures. Will you sign the petition and share it on your social networks?

It only takes a second, and it can make a world of difference in a girl’s life:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently called for an end to child marriage worldwide. She was quoted in Glamour magazine calling for greater involvement by people like you:

We are working every day to turn the tide. But we cannot do it alone. We are reaching out to women and girls, fathers and brothers, religious leaders and all who can help us to convince societies that this particular tradition is better left behind.”

So let’s start by getting our own communities — our friends, teachers, and parents — to join us in taking a stand against child marriage. 1 in 7 girls in developing countries is married before she is 15. We need to let our leaders in Washington know that when the time comes, the Girl Up community is willing and ready to take action! We only need about 5,000 more signatures to get to our goal of 15,000 — will you sign and ask your friends to do the same?

I joined Girl Up because I know how powerful girls can be when they’re given the tools and the inspiration to become leaders in their communities. With your help, I know we can help the United Nations make a difference for millions of girls around the world.


Bridget Duru, Girl Up Teen Advisor

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