Lakshmi Sundaram, Global Coordinator of Girls Not Brides, and Dr. Kakenya Ntayia, founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, joined 21 girl delegates at the G(irls)20 Summit in Russia for a lively discussion on the consequences of child marriage, and how we can work together to end a practice that disempowers some 14 million girls a year.
About G(irls)20 Summit:
The G(irls)20 Summit brings together girl delegates from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European Union and the African Union, to debate, discuss and design innovative ideas that will improve the growth of communities, countries and companies by empowering girls and women globally.
In the time it has taken to read this article 7 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