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About Girls Not Brides

About Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 550 civil society organisations from over 70 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.

Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.

Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.

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Mission statement

Members of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage are committed to ending child marriage, a harmful traditional practice that affects millions of children, predominantly girls, every year. As members of Girls Not Brides, we are joining together to accelerate efforts to prevent child marriage, and to support girls who are or have been married, all over the world.

Girls Not Brides will amplify the voices of girls at risk of child marriage and defend the rights of girls to health, education and the opportunity to fulfil their potential. In line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we believe that 18 should be the minimum age of marriage for boys and girls.

In working to end child marriage, we believe that social change cannot succeed without community engagement. Members of Girls Not Brides will work together to enhance and strengthen efforts to end child marriage at community, local, national and global levels. Specifically, Girls Not Brides aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the harmful impact of child marriage by encouraging open, inclusive and informed discussion at the community, local, national and international level;
  • Facilitate learning and coordination between organisations working to end child marriage; and
  • Mobilise all necessary policy, financial and other support to end child marriage.

We will be more effective in achieving our objectives by working together than by working alone.

Our strategy 2014-2016

In 2013, the Girls Not Brides secretariat conducted a series of consultations with members from around the world, as well as with other key partners and stakeholders, to develop a three-year strategy for the Partnership. They agreed on five overarching strategic objectives:

  • Major inter-governmental processes and fora commit to taking action on child marriage
  • The evidence base on child marriage has increased
  • Country-wide efforts to address child marriage are supported and highlighted
  • Increased funding is available globally to support effective efforts to address child marriage
  • The global movement to end child marriage continues to grow and strengthen.

You can read the full strategy here.