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.
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. Read their op-ed about the future of the global strategy.
Girls Not Brides USA is co-chaired by CARE USA, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC).