Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1300 civil society organisations from 100 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, Mexico City and Nairobi.

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, which are informed by the members of the Partnership.

Mabel Van Oranje

Mabel Van Oranje


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.

Theresa Shaver

Theresa Shaver

Theresa Shaver is a nurse-midwife with 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

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.

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 2018 through the generous support of:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Brooks Foundation
  • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Global Affairs Canada (Government of Canada)
  • Human Dignity Foundation
  • Ikea Foundation
  • Kendeda Fund
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France
  • Nationale Postcode Loterij (Netherlands)
  • The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • NoVo Foundation (through the Tides Foundation)
  • Open Society Foundations
  • David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Sabanci Foundation
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Swedish Postcode Foundation

We would also like to express sincere thanks to the European Union, the Ford Foundation, MyCEB, the Stars Foundation and the World Health Organisation for specific grants for the Girls Not Brides members’ Global Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June 2018.

We would like to thank the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Summit Foundation and The Elders Foundation for previous and in-kind support given to Girls Not Brides.

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

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