10 takeaways from the West and Central Africa High-Level Meeting on Child Marriage

In the time it has taken to read this article 56 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

About the authors

Mabel van Oranje

  • Chair

Girls Not Brides

Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She has been a global advocate for freedom, justice and development for two decades.

Lakshmi Sundaram

  • Executive Director

Girls Not Brides

Lakshmi Sundaram is Executive Director of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She is responsible for ensuring that Girls Not Brides delivers on its strategy and advances our collective efforts to end child marriage.