Kenya is keen to make laws criminalizing child marriage but is not ready to follow through with the promise to protect girls.
Too often, American policy makers claim that the United States should not get involved in addressing child marriage because the practice is rooted in cultural or religious traditions.
Legislation proposed by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) would take concrete steps to prevent child marriage in the countries where girls are most vulnerable by generating political commitment to address child marriage as a human rights abuse.
It’s tempting to think of early marriage as a solution to economic deprivation. But early marriage almost always means less education, limited opportunities and economic insecurity for the married girl.