National Day of Action

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2015

Fighting Child Marriage

Girls around the world continue to face obstacles that stop them from reaching their full potential and sometimes puts their lives at risk. This is why CARE commemorates the International Day of the Girl by advocating for change with the National Day of Action. This year, we are focusing our efforts on fighting child marriage by keeping girls in school because girls who complete secondary school are six times less likely to become child brides. Take action below by raising awareness and advocating for girls who are hungry to learn. 

Learn about Child Marriage

Vows of Poverty is an exclusive CARE report on child marriage, a life-threatening issue affecting girls around the globe. Today, around 700 million women worldwide were married before the age of 18. What are the top 26 countries where girls more likely to get married than attend school? 

Fight for Girl’s Rights

Join the CARE Action Network to fight for policies that will improve millions of lives. We need YOU to change the policies that are at the root of poverty and injustice. 

Watch: Empowering the Next Generation of Girls in Malawi

Congresswoman Barbara Lee(D-CA) traveled with CARE to Malawi where she saw U.S. investment in girl’s education in action. 

Take Action: Write to First Lady Michelle Obama

Thank First Lady Michelle Obama for addressing child marriage through the Let Girls Learn Initiative, and urge her to strengthen efforts so that even more girls can reach their full potential. 

Meet Yayeshe, a Child Bride

Yayeshe is just one of the 62 million child brides on the planet today. She got married when she was only 13 years old, and had to drop out of school because of her new role. She joined CARE’s TESFA program and received the support she needed as a child bride.

CARE in Action: Fighting Child Marriage

Learn how CARE Ethiopia reached over 5,000 married adolescent girls to counter the harmful effects of child marriage through the TESFA project.