Eminent Indian leaders champion efforts to end child marriage in India

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In the time it has taken to read this article 47 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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The Population Foundation of India (PFI)

The Population Foundation of India (PFI) is a national non-government organization at the forefront of policy advocacy and research on population issues in the country. PFI was established in 1970 by a group of socially committed industrialists led by Mr J.R.D. Tata and Dr Bharat Ram. PFI supports governmental and non-governmental organisations in programmes that focus on Reproductive and Child Health (RCH), Family Planning, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH), HIV/AIDS and Urban Health. (www.populationfoundation.in) ABOUT THE ELDERS The Elders are independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights. The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007. The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu (Chair). Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi are honorary Elders. www.theElders.org

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