Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hillary Clinton pens letter in Glamour Magazine

Glamour Magazine

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote a letter in Glamour Magazine about her recent trip to Yemen. In the letter, titled "The Fight Against Marriage" she explained about why its so important to stop the practice of child marriage.  

Stopping child marriage is not just a must for moral or human rights reasons—it lays the foundation for so many other things we hope to achieve. Primary education. Improved child and maternal health. Sustainable economic development that includes girls. Child marriage is both a consequence and a cause of poverty. In some cases, girls are sold into marriage simply to resolve a debt. Once married, child brides often lack status and power within their marriages and households. Their youth leaves them even more vulnerable to domestic violence, marital rape and other sexual abuse. They become isolated from their family, friends and community. On average, child brides become less healthy, and their kids grow up less healthy and poorer.

To read the rest of the letter, visit Glamour.com.


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