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Governance

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1400 civil society organisations from over 100 countries working to address child marriage.

The Partnership is supported by a secretariat, which is responsible for the day to day operations of Girls Not Brides. The secretariat has teams based in London, Delhi, Dakar, Nairobi and Mexico City.

What is the Board of Trustees?

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. The Girls Not Brides 2017-2020 Partnership Strategy was co-created with member organisations from around the world.

Mabel Van Oranje

Mabel Van Oranje

Chair

A global advocate for freedom, justice and development, 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 Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, 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 (OSF) as Executive Director of its Brussels office, becoming OSF’s London-based International Advocacy Director in 2003. From 2008 until 2012, she 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.

Mabel has received a number of awards, including a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2014), the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award (2014) and the ICRW Champions for Change Award for Innovation (2015) for her work with Girls Not Brides. She accepted the Dutch Geuzenpenning (2018) on behalf of Girls Not Brides.

You can follow her tweets @MabelvanOranje

Ann Cotton, OBE

Ann Cotton, OBE

Ann Cotton is Founder and Board member of CAMFED, an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

Ann is an Honorary Fellow at Homerton College, and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cambridge University Judge Business School. She is a noted speaker on international platforms, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll World Forum, and the U.S.-Africa Summit. Ann has won numerous awards for her work, including an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Cambridge and The Open University; an OBE in honour of her advocacy of girls’ education in Africa; the Skoll and Schwab Awards for Social Entrepreneurship; Woman of the Year in the UK; and UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year; and the WISE Prize for Education.

Nick Grono

Nick Grono

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.

Karin Forseke, CBE

Karin Forseke, CBE

Karin Forseke is a senior international advisor and non-executive board member with a strong track record in building sustainable, successful organisations in the financial industry as well as public and non-profit sectors. Dedicated to values-based leadership and the role of women in business and society, she was awarded a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the UK financial services industry.

Karin’s career has focused on the financial sector. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Investment Bank AB in Sweden after turning around the bank’s operations in London and New York, and was the first female CEO of a publicly listed investment bank in Sweden. She served as Chief Operating Officer of the London International Financial Futures Exchange, LIFFE. She has also served as Chair of Alliance Trust in the UK, Deputy Chair of the British Financial Services Authority (FSA) and was Private Advisor on privatisation to the Minister of Financial Markets and Local Government in Sweden.

Karin holds a number of non-executive board positions, including being Chair of the Investment Committee, Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Drottningholm Palace Theater, and Föreningen Storasyster, which provides support for victims of sexual violence.

Georgia Arnold

Georgia Arnold

Georgia Arnold is the Executive Director of MTV Staying Alive Foundation, and is responsible for leading the entire team and driving all elements of the Foundation’s operations, including content production, grant giving, fundraising and partnerships. She is also Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for MTV Networks International, where she develops and implements social initiatives across MTV’s broad range of channels.


How are we funded

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.

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage  (“Girls Not Brides“), a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Reg No.: 8570751) and a registered charity in England and Wales (Reg No: 1154230).

The work of Girls Not Brides was made possible in 2019 through the generous support of:

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Social Development Department, Health and Aids Division
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • The Nationale Postcode Loterij
  • IKEA Foundation
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development – Government of Canada
  • The Skoll Foundation
  • The Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  • The NoVo Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boys – a project of the New Venture Fund
  • The Jeremy Coller Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Vintner’s Daughter
  • The Sabanci Foundation

Most of the organisations listed above also fund grassroots and programmatic work on the issue of child marriage.

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