CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - January 28, 2016) - Eric Lefkofsky, Chairman and Co-founder of Groupon and Managing Director of Lightbank, and his wife Liz are supporting the Human Rights Watch through their Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Human Rights Watch's focus is to provide a voice for children disrupted by underage marriage in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and India.
The Human Rights Watch has pioneered a global campaign aiming to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 and enforce related laws within the South-Asian region. Data reveals that women who marry as girls are significantly more likely to face health dangers associated with early pregnancy, have lower educational achievement, and have a higher incidence of spousal violence.
The Human Rights Watch's report Marry Before Your House is Swept Away: Child Marriage in Bangladesh was released in June 2015. According to the organization, Bangladesh has the fourth-highest rate of child marriage in the world. The Human Rights Watch was established in 1978 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization with members all over the world. The 400-person staff consists of lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse nationalities that publish hundreds of reports each year briefing human rights conditions across 90 different countries.
About Lefkofsky Family Foundation
The Lefkofsky Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation that was established in 2006 by Liz and Eric Lefkofsky. The purpose of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation is to advance high-impact programs, initiatives and research that enhance the quality of human life in the communities we serve. To achieve this mission, the Foundation strives to: ensure access to quality education; improve fundamental human rights; propel innovative medical research; and expand cultural initiatives. For more information on the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, visit: http://lefkofskyfoundation.com
About Eric Lefkofsky
Eric Lefkofsky is Chairman and Co-founder of Groupon and Managing Director of Lightbank. He is also the Co-founder of InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, and Uptake. Eric Lefkofsky is a Trustee of Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor at University of Michigan Law School. For more information on Eric Lefkofsky, visit: http://www.lefkofsky.com
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