End Child Marriage


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The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) is thrilled to announce the save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment” as October 6th, 2017.
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In rural India nearly 60% of women marry before the age of 18. India has the highest number of child marriages worldwide. 56% of women in rural areas are married before age 18, the legal age for marriage in India. Of these, 18% have done so before age 15, according to UNICEF. The devastating effects such as truancy, domestic violence, difficult pregnancies that have a high incidence of disabilities, and others impact the future of girls in India.
Dilsha (above) grew up on the cobbled streets of a small village in Andhra Pradesh. When Dilsha was 15 years old her family announced that it was time for her to get married and her upcoming move to live with her husband. VFF was able to work with the family members and strategize about the impacts of early marriage on Dilsha’s development. She is currently enrolled in school as a result of the intervention and looks forward to not getting married until she finishes her education. The 24 hour Childline Team, addresses calls reporting weddings, abuse, and domestic violence for children in the region. Together we can #endchildmarriage.