Child Marriage

This campaign is now closed

When we asked you to stand with young people and brave girls in Tanzania, as they campaign for the law to be changed to make child marriage illegal, we were overwhelmed by your support.

An incredible 49,125 people from around the world signed the petition, urging the Tanzanian Government to make all marriage of children under 18 illegal, and proving this is an issue for people across the globe.

The next step is for our Youth for Change advocates to take your names to the minister responsible for changing the law. We’ll keep you updated on our progress – and in the meantime, you can do even more to stand up for girls’ rights, by joining our movement for girls.

Stand with young people
and help change the law in Tanzania

Tanzania has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. On average, one in three girls are married before they turn 18. In rural areas, some girls are getting married as young as 11.

The consequences of child marriage are serious – and they last a lifetime. Girls who marry young will often be forced to drop out of school and abandon their education. They’re more likely to have children before their young bodies are ready, and to be subject to abuse.

No girl should be robbed of her childhood this way. That’s why we’re standing with young people in Tanzania, as they urge their Government to amend the law and make all marriage of children under 18 illegal. Your voice can help make that change happen.

Thank you for signing the petition to show your support

Thank you for signing the petition and standing in solidarity with Tanzanian youth advocates who want to make child marriage illegal for everyone under 18.

Christine survives on one meal a day of sorghum seeds

Joyce’s story

“After I finished primary school, I didn’t get a chance to go to secondary school. I regret that I didn’t go back. I would have liked to have been a nurse or a teacher.”

Joyce was just 15 when she had to leave school to get married. Now she wants a different future for her daughters.

How you made change happen in Malawi

When we stand with young people around the world, we know we can make change happen.

In 2016, more than 42,000 of you signed a petition to end child marriage in Malawi – and it worked. Earlier this year, the government agreed to change the Constitution, closing a loophole that made it legal for children to be married.

Now we need your help to change the law in Tanzania too.