Our Champions

Meet our champions! These global advocates take our message to the people who need to hear it, when they need to hear it, so they can take action to end child marriage.

Girls Not Brides has four global champions: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mrs Graça Machel and Sonita Alizadeh. They are influential advocates who campaign around the world to end child marriage.

Champions have the ability to raise awareness of child marriage-related issues with the right people at key moments. This could be at the national, regional or international level. They can open doors which would otherwise be shut; be a strong voice in the media; and inspire our member organisations and other civil society groups, showing them that they are not alone in their mission to end child marriage.

Mabel van Oranje, the founder and outgoing Board Chair of Girls Not Brides, is the latest Global Champion.


Mabel van Oranje

  • Founder and Champion

Mrs Graca Machel

  • Champion

Sonita Alizada

  • Champion