Marriage is a time for celebration and joy - unless you are one of the 60 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18.

Imagine the life those girls - and girls who are 7, 10 or even 16 years of age - endure. Early marriage has lifelong consequences. Child brides have a diminished chance of completing their education and are at a higher risk of being physically abused, becoming pregnant at a young age and contracting deadly diseases, such as HIV.

Last week, the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will be considered by the full Senate. This is the first step of many to eliminate this harmful practice. Pledge today to talk to your friends about child marriage, and learn more about what CARE is doing to help:

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