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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
In 2001, Rita Sarin joined The Hunger Project (THP) as the Country Director of India, and where she has committed her life to ignite and sustain the leadership spirit of elected women at the grassroots level in India. Under her leadership, THP India has enabled spaces that promote the active participation of women in local governance. Prior to joining THP, Rita served as a National Programme Advisor for the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Rita holds an M. Phil in Sociology from the University of Chandigarh and a post-M. Phil in Development Policies from the University of Nottingham, UK.
A sociology lecturer turned grassroots activist, Rita Sarin joined the ranks of women’s rights movement in India in the early 1980s. Rita was part of the team which set up India’s first women’s non-governmental organization, the Centre for Women and Development Studies.
She has been recognized for her commendable work in forging pathways that put issues of social and gender justice at the centre of policy-making. She is a recipient of several awards: ’25 Women of Excellence’ by the FICCI; ‘Women Leadership Achievement Award’, ‘Women of Pure Strength’ by Vodafone Foundation; ‘Iconic leader in nurturing culture and ecosystem for relevant innovation in developing countries’; ‘Phenomenal She’ by the Indian National Bar Association; and more recently, the ‘Devi Award’ by the New Indian Express.
Zipporah is a community solutions leader, co-founder of a social enterprise (GT Garbage & Sanitation Solutions) and motivational young speaker. Zipporah currently works as a Programme Coordinator with Educate! Uganda, where she is focused on programme quality assurance, strategic leadership and planning for the team. Educate! Uganda is a non-profit organisation that works to develop young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.
Zipporah’s focus and experience has largely been on community development working with youth and children in Uganda in areas of leadership, livelihood, entrepreneurship and education She has participated in several leadership programmes including the Community Solutions Program and the Young African Leaders Initiative. She has also served on the boards of youth-focused organisations, and coordinated multiple programmes and projects.
Emma Puig De La Bellacasa is a Spanish-Colombian anthropologist, with pre-doctoral studies in Ethno-psychology, gender studies and documentary photography. She has more than 20 years’ experience, rising to senior management in international sustainable development and humanitarian response. Emma has field experience in Latin-America and the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. She has served in a wide range of international organisations.
She has expertise working with women’s rights organisations and civil society, including indigenous women’s organisations, migrant and refugee women, as well as youth, girls’ and adolescents’ movements to promote their rights and gender equality. She is a committed and passionate supporter of initiatives aimed at reducing violence against girls, adolescents and women of all backgrounds; ending early and forced marriages and unions and forced pregnancies; defence of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also has an interest in climate change and its impacts on women’s and girls’ lives. She regularly contributes to initiatives at the national, regional and global levels through programmes and advocacy efforts that inspire transformative changes in the social norms that perpetuate gender-based violence (GBV) and gender inequality.
Emma currently works at the global HIAS team as a gender and GBV advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also an active member of the civil society participation mechanism of the SDG 2030 agenda and the Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean countries on development.
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:
Most of the organisations listed above also fund grassroots and programmatic work on the issue of child marriage.