Pledge

Take a Stand Against Forced Marriage

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Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: modern slavery.

About the Pledge

Every year forced marriage sentences millions of women and children to a life in slavery. It’s a crime that’s widespread but rarely spoken about—one that flourishes in the shadows of society. According to the U.N., forced marriage is likely to increase unless major changes occur.

Because of stigma and lack of awareness, many people do not report cases of forced marriage. Help ensure that people at risk and their families know that forced marriage is illegal and that activists around the world are taking a stand to end the practice.

We can speak up for the victims of forced marriage who can’t speak for themselves, and urge world leaders to look in their own backyards, making sure provisions are in place to protect those at risk.

Photo Credit: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Photo Caption: Krishna, 14, sits with her four-month-old baby Alok, outside her house in a village near Baran, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, January 21, 2013. Krishna married her husband Gopal when she was 11 and he was 13. Krishna had a very difficult delivery, losing lots of blood and remained in the hospital for several days. The legal age for marriage in India is 18, but marriages like these are common, especially in poor, rural areas where girls in particular, are married off young.

I pledge to help end forced marriage throughout the world:

  • I believe marriage should be a partnership between two consenting adults—that no man, woman, or child should be forced, bullied, sold, or trapped into a marriage.
  • I believe forced marriage is a crime, one that exists in the shadows of society, so I'm speaking up for those who can't speak up for themselves by bringing forced marriage to the attention of world leaders and demanding change.
  • I know that my voice counts and if people from all over the world come together, we will be heard.
  • I believe that creating a world where forced marriage no longer exists is within our reach. Together we can end this form of modern slavery.

Action Updates

  • 20 January 2015

    We did it!

    We reached our goal of 5,000 signatures! Let's keep the momentum going.

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