Victory for Difret Impact Campaign: State Dept Releases U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls
March 25, 2016
I am so happy to tell you that thanks to the over 156,000 supporters that signed our Difret petition, together, we helped convince the U.S. Government to develop and deliver a coordinated strategy across multiple U.S. government agencies for ending child marriage and promoting the empowerment of adolescent girls globally.
On March 15, 2016, after many months of sustained advocacy, Secretary of State John Kerry released the United States Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, which will help make sure that ending child marriage is a priority in U.S. foreign policy. Finally, U.S. diplomats and ambassadors will be directed to raise issues like child marriage with diplomats from countries with high child marriage rates and USAID must now expand evidence-based, stand-alone programs to delay the age of marriage.