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National Partnerships

Accelerating Progress to end Child Marriage

National Partnerships are diverse groups of Girls Not Brides members who believe in the power of collective action to end child marriage in their country.

Girls Not Brides has National Partnerships in eight countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nepal, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Girls Not Brides also works with national coalitions in other countries, including the Tanzania End Child Marriage Network (TECMN), The Zambia Ending Child Marriage NGO Network, and the Zimbabwe Alliance to End Child Marriage.

National Partnerships

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

About

Girls Not Brides Bangladesh: The Bangladesh Alliance to End Child Marriage was launched in September 2013, and became an official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in July 2014. Girls Not Brides Bangladesh has over 20 members, ranging from small grassroots organisations to country offices of larger INGOs.

Successes

Girls Not Brides Bangladesh has been a vocal opponent of recent legislative proposals to lower the minimum age of marriage to 16 years old and is closely involved with the review process of the new Child Marriage Restraint Act and the development of the National Strategy and Action Plan on ending Child Marriage. Girls Not Brides Bangladesh jointly organised the Bangladesh Girl Summit in 2014, in collaboration with Bangladesh Government, the UK Department for International Development and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Structure

Girls Not Brides Bangladesh has a steering committee and a secretariat that is coordinated by BRAC Bangladesh.

Ghana

Ghana

About

Girls Not Brides Ghana became an official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in October 2014, and was launched in December 2014. Girls Not Brides Ghana has over 20 members covering all ten regions of the country.

Successes

Girls Not Brides Ghana participated in consultations at the national and regional level, providing expertise in the development of the National Strategic Framework for Ending Child Marriage in Ghana.

It has also developed a partnership with a male youth group in Nadowli district and is working with them to create awareness of child marriage in the district and advocating for the end to this harmful practice.

Structure

Girls Not Brides Ghana has a coordinating team of five organisations, which is chaired by Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP).

Mozambique

Mozambique

About

Girls Not Brides Mozambique was set up in 2013 as the “Coligação para Eliminação dos Casamentos Prematuros” (CECAP), and became an official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in July 2014. Girls Not Brides Mozambique is made up of 43 civil society organisations: 36 local organisations and seven international organisations.

Successes

Girls Not Brides Mozambique worked with the Ministry of Gender and Children Social Affairs to launch a National campaign on ending child marriage in July 2014. They are now recognised as the main civil society partner working to reduce early marriage rates in Mozambique and support the government to implement the recent child marriage strategy.

Members of Girls Not Brides Mozambique have developed a joint advocacy and communications strategy, which has helped member organisations to increase their credibility and improve their efforts to respond at a grass roots level to the main drivers of early marriage. The strategy has also strengthened collaboration with key government Ministries.

It has also collaborated with UNICEF and UNFPA to develop a report on child marriage and adolescent pregnancy in Mozambique as well as a policy brief. These are listed in the resources section below.

Structure

Girls Not Brides Mozambique is coordinated by a secretariat the Civil Society Forum for Child Rights in Mozambique (ROSC)

Nepal

Nepal

About

Girls Not Brides Nepal (Balika Dulahi Hoinan in Nepali) was created in February 2012, and became an official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in February 2015. Girls Not Brides Nepal is made up of 15 national and international organisations.

Successes

Girls Not Brides Nepal played a key role in the development of a transparent, inclusive and multi-sectoral national strategy to end child marriage. In particular, they helped conduct more than 60 consultations at the community, district, and national levels to better understand child marriage and what needed to be done to address it.

Drawing on the collective Theory of Change on Child Marriage, Girls Not Brides Nepal also provided substantive support and technical input into the national strategy which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW). As a part of the strategy development process, Girls Not Brides Nepal gathered new evidence on the drivers of child marriage and used the data to inform the national strategy. Currently, Girls Not Brides Nepal is working closely with the MoWCSW inputting into the drafting of the National Implementation Plan for the national strategy.

Structure

Girls Not Brides Nepal is coordinated by the Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA). Their secretariat is Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE).

Resources

MoWCSW 2015: National Strategy to End Child Marriage in Nepal, Singhadarbar, Kathmandu Nepal

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

About

Girls Not Brides the Netherlands was officially launched in November 2016. Started in 2014 as “The Alliances of the Child Marriage Fund”, Girls Not Brides Netherlands was initiated by three child marriage alliances: the Her Choice alliance, the “Yes, I do” alliance, and the “More than Brides” alliance.

Successes

In 2015, the Alliances of the Child Marriage Fund helped convene experts and practitioners for a day-long meeting on what works to end child marriage.

Structure

Girls Not Brides the Netherlands is coordinated by Plan NetherlandsStichting Kinderpostzegels, and Save the Children Netherlands.

Uganda

Uganda

About

The Uganda Alliance to End Child Marriage started in January 2013 and became an official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in July 2016. Girls Not Brides Uganda has over 50 members across Uganda working at community, district, regional and national level.

Successes

Girls Not Brides Uganda participated in and provided inputs to the national strategy to end child marriage and teenage pregnancies, led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD).

Girls Not Brides Uganda has also been conducting a national campaign on implementing SDG Target 5.3 on ending child marriage, and has held a number of national dialogues to track government commitments towards ending child marriage and teenage pregnancies.

Structure

Girls Not Brides Uganda is co-coordinated by Joy for Children – Uganda (JFCU) and World Vision.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

About

Girls Not Brides UK became an official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in July 2014. Its members are working to end child marriage in the UK and globally. The members share learning and evidence, and work jointly to influence the UK Government to ensure it continues to work to end child marriage.

Successes

Girls Not Brides UK has been instrumental in calling on the British Government to prioritise ending child marriage. It works with UK parliamentarians to raise this issue, and to generate political will and support to end child marriage.

Girls Not Brides UK contributed to a report looking at progress made on tackling child marriage and female genital mutilation two years after the UK Girl Summit.

Structure

Girls Not Brides UK is coordinated by Plan International UK and FORWARD.

United States

United States

About

Girls Not Brides USA became the first official Girls Not Brides National Partnership in 2012. Before then, the group was known as the U.S. Child Marriage Coalition and was instrumental in pushing forward key policies on child marriage in the United States. Girls Not Brides USA is composed of over 50 civil society organisations working at the international and national level.

Successes

Girls Not Brides USA has been working for nearly a decade to elevate and prioritise the U.S. Government’s engagement on child marriage globally. They advocated for the development of a whole-of-government approach to ending child, early and forced marriage, which is reflected in the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, released in March 2016. The Strategy, with implementation plans for the U.S. State Department, USAID, Peace Corps and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, includes such initiatives as Let Girls Learn and PEPFAR’s (The President’s Emergency Funds for AIDS Relief) DREAMS.

In support of a whole-of-government approach, Girls Not Brides USA developed a policy brief offering guidance to members of the U.S. government, as well as a technical brief that highlights potential strategies to delay the age of marriage and meet the needs of married children.

Girls Not Brides USA was also instrumental in the inclusion of child marriage in the 2013 Reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women’ Act (VAWA), which helped lead to the development of the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls.

Structure

Girls Not Brides USA is co-chaired by CARE USAthe International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC).


National Partnerships

  1. Work with governments to develop, implement and monitor national strategies to end child marriage.
  2. Raising public awareness of child marriage.
  3. Share information and learnings to better tackle child marriage.

National Partnerships have chosen to align their work to the Girls Not Brides global strategy. Each National Partnership must sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Girls Not Brides secretariat.

Girls Not Brides supports National Partnerships by

  1. Connecting them to people and opportunities.
  2. Building their capacity.
  3. Sharing successes of collective action.
  4. Building their profile and visibility.

For more information

For more information about National Partnerships, please contact Lara van Kouterik, Senior Partnership Officer, at Lara.VanKouterik@GirlsNotBrides.org

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