Desmond Tutu: Child marriage harms our human family

Photo: Adriane Ohanesien for Girls Not Brides 2015

In the time it has taken to read this article 44 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

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A veteran peace campaigner, Desmond Tutu is perhaps best known for his leadership in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He was later elected Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town in 1986, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. Tutu is a founding member of The Elders, a group of independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights created in 2007, and a co-founder of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. As a Girls Not Brides champion, Archbishop Tutu continues his life-long mission of promoting peace and justice by advocating against child marriage, a practice that affects 15 million girls every year.