Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from 90 countries working to address child marriage.
The Partnership is supported by a secretariat based in London, UK, which runs the day-to-day operations of Girls Not Brides. Staff are also based in Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; and Manchester, UK.
A Board of Trustees ensures the administrative and financial governance of Girls Not Brides. All board members are equally responsible in law for the Board’s actions and decisions.
In particular, the Board is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation; safeguarding its good name and ethos, and legal and financial compliance of Girls Not Brides, including compliance with its guiding principles, UK charity law and rules, management of reserves and investments, and any donor restrictions.
The Board also ensures that Girls Not Brides remains focused on working towards achieving its stated mission and objectives, which are informed by the members of the Partnership.
A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She is also co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the (advisory) boards of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Crisis Action, Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations and The Elders.
In 1993, Mabel founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its CEO until 1997. In 1997, she joined the Open Society Foundations in Brussels as Executive Director, becoming OSF’s London-based International Advocacy Director in 2003. From 2008 until 2012, Mabel was the first CEO of The Elders.
Mabel helped found the Dutch foundation War Child (1995), the global NGO coalition ‘Publish What You Pay’ (2002) and the Independent Commission on Turkey (2004). She has been actively engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in global efforts that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002.
In 2005, the World Economic Forum named Mabel one of its Young Global Leaders. In 2014, she received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award for her work with Girls Not Brides.
You can follow her tweets @MabelvanOranje.
Clare provides organisational consulting and interim management to a range of organisations in the commercial and not-for-profit sector. Prior to starting her own company she was the CEO of the International Business Leaders Forum, a global business membership organisation working with leaders across business, government and civil society to deliver smart, inclusive and responsible business growth for a more sustainable world. In the past, Clare has worked with the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and has been the General Manager of MTV Networks, Nordic, the 3rd largest commercial broadcaster in the Nordic region.
Theresa Shaver is a nurse-midwife with more than over 30 years of experience in international health programme management and implementation, focused primarily on maternal and reproductive health. Theresa is currently an international consultant working on civil society engagement in global health. Theresa was the Founder and President of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA), where she served as the spokesperson, provided technical assistance in community mobilization, capacity building, advocacy and maternal health to WRA National Secretariats and members. Prior to this, she worked at Care International in various roles including Safe Motherhood & Child Survival Advisor, Health Advisor (Vietnam) and Maternal Child Health Officer (Cambodia).
Nick Grono is the inaugural CEO of the Freedom Fund. The Fund is an ambitious seven-year effort to raise and deploy $100 million to combat modern slavery. It was launched by President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2013. Previously, Nick was the CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery, and before that he was the Deputy President and COO of the International Crisis Group, the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO. Nick is a lawyer by background and worked as Chief of Staff to the Australian Attorney-General from 1999 to 2001.
Tanuja is a freelance consultant with interests in developing leadership and strategy for charities, environmental sustainability and wellbeing. She has worked in senior leadership roles in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors for nearly three decades.
Having begun her career in the corporate world working and consulting for companies including Ford Motor Company, Touche Ross (now Deloitte), General Electric, Guinness and Diageo; Tanuja’s first not-for-profit role was in the health sector as Head of Financial Policy at Monitor, the regulator for Foundation Trust Hospitals. Since, she has worked for the BBC and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF). After seeing IBLF through a major restructuring she moved on to become Chief Operating Officer for Start Network, a newly formed humanitarian charity hosted by Save the Children UK. Tanuja became a freelance consultant in 2016.
Currently, Tanuja is a Trustee for Girls Not Brides and Chair of Scarabeus, an aerial theatre charity that encourages positive social change through theatrical performances. She is also a Director of Partnership Brokers Association.
Our donors’ support funds the Girls Not Brides secretariat and enables the work of the Partnership to end child marriage, for example through awareness raising, advocacy, research, tools and capacity development, as well as support for Girls Not Brides members to participate in regional and international meetings.
Girls Not Brides is not a funding mechanism. The activities of its members are financed by their own means.
The work of Girls Not Brides was made possible in 2016 through the generous support of:
In March 2014, Girls Not Brides was awarded a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Most of the organisations listed above also fund grassroots and programmatic work on the issue of child marriage.
We would like to thank the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Roger and Vicki Sant Donor Advised Fund (through The Community Foundation), the Summit Foundation and The Elders Foundation for previous and in-kind support given to Girls Not Brides.