A promise to girls

Photo: Tom Pietrasik

In the time it has taken to read this article 26 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

Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt founded the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), now one of India's biggest trade unions with more than 1.2 million members. Desmond Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. They are members of The Elders, a group of independent leaders working for peace, justice and human rights.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu