Child marriage: we require collective global action to support local change

Photo: Gary He / United Nations Foundation

In the time it has taken to read this article 53 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 author

Lakshmi Sundaram

Girls Not Brides

Lakshmi Sundaram is the Global Coordinator of Girls Not Brides. Lakshmi runs the secretariat of the Partnership, and is focused on supporting efforts of members to learn from one another’s experiences and successes; mobilising policy, financial and programme support to end child marriage; and raising awareness of the harmful impact of this practice and potential solutions by encouraging open and informed discussion at the local, national and international levels.