A Bill to Prevent Child Marriages.

January 21, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Below is a press release from sponsor Representative Betty McCollum about the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009.

McCollum Bill (Word doc., 45 KB)

Thanks to Bob Walker for the following summary of the bill: Authorizes the President to provide assistance, including through multilateral, nongovernmental, and faith-based organizations, to prevent child marriage in developing countries and to promote the educational, health, economic, social, and legal empowerment of girls and women. Sets forth priority assistance criteria. Directs the President, through the Secretary of State, to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage in developing countries and to promote the empowerment of girls at risk of child marriage. Sets forth strategy elements. Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require that Department of State country reports on human rights practices include a description of the status of child marriage for countries with specified rates of child marriage. Defines “child marriage” as the marriage of a girl or boy not yet the minimum age for marriage stipulated in law in the country in which the girl or boy is a resident.

The text of the bill can be found at this link: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.2103: The bill was accepted as an amendment to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R. 2410). The Senate has not yet acted on the bill.

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