Statement of NOW New York President Sonia Ossorio on Governor’s Proposal to End Child Marriage in New York
February 28, 2017 – New York – “Most people find it shocking that girls as young as 14 can be married to adult men right here in New York. We applaud the Governor for his leadership on ending this human rights abuse in our state.
“NOW is committed to ensuring that our laws protect minors from forced, abusive marriages that have a lifelong impact. We must end child marriage in our state and make sure our laws reflect the current research showing the real and lasting harms of child marriage. ” – Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW New York
NOW New York advocates for the women and girls of New York, by working to defend reproductive rights, fight economic inequality, and end discrimination and violence
against women. As the largest NOW chapter in the country, they play a key role in shaping both the local and national debate on the issues that impact women.