International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to celebrate, empower and support girls. Girls Not Brides members on every continent put on a variety of events, bringing together girls, parents, religious leaders, policy-makers and more to call for an end to child marriage.
Take a look at what some of our National Partnerships and members achieved on Day of the Girl 2017!
Girls Not Brides members in Burkina Faso held an event in the north of the country targeting religious leaders. Girls shared their messages directly with leaders, encouraging them to become child marriage champions. This work supports Burkina Faso’s national strategy to end child marriage 2016-2025.
Girls Not Brides Cameroon hosted a conference with the Ministry of Women's Empowerment bringing together over 70 Presidents of women's associations to celebrate girls. Schoolchildren in Yaoundé filmed vox pops in 15 languages telling the world that child marriage is against their rights, and that girls should be “flower girls and not the bride”.
Girls Not Brides Ghana held ten events about child marriage across the country, targeting local decision-makers. A municipal chief executive and child marriage champion urged parents to prioritise their children’s futures by avoiding child marriage. Girls delivered a joint communique to the president and Girls Not Brides Ghana’s advocacy efforts were featured in national media.
Girls Not Brides Malawi brought together community leaders, policy-makers and youth advocates to advance efforts to end child marriage in the country. Earlier this year, Malawi amended its constitution to increase the age of marriage to 18.
Girls were also at the heart of celebrations! Girls Not Brides members YONECO and GENET Malawi marched a mile to end child marriage, and YONECO showcased girls’ talent in a girls band, bringing together community members for engaging dance and radio events
Girls Not Brides Mozambique organised a fair in a district where child marriage is common. They delivered an amazing variety of services, including birth and civil registration, and sexual and reproductive health services.
Girls Not Brides Nepal held a national girls’ congress where young people presented their vision for a child marriage-free Nepal to political leaders.
Civil society organisations came together in Islamabad and adopted a resolution targeting government officials to end child marriage. The resolution makes the case for preventing child marriage as a way to achieve sustainable development for all. It also calls on federal and provincial governments to change discriminatory laws, fund outreach to marginalised girls, and monitor and evaluate data that tracks girls' empowerment.
Members of Girls Not Brides Tanzania held events on child marriage and girls' empowerment in Tarime, with a booth visited by the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly & Children.
Girls Not Brides Uganda launched, with the support of Amplify Change, a new CSO-led advocacy campaign to end child marriage across the country.
Girls Not Brides members also took part in the first ever Women’s Health Summit in Uganda during which the First Lady asked parents to protect their daughters and girls called on their community to keep them in school.
Girls Not Brides USA held an event with the House Foreign Affairs Committee on child marriage and girls’ education. Civil society as well as policy-makers of both major political parties discussed how U.S. Foreign Assistance could best end these harmful practices.
Young people delivered a petition to Parliament calling for strengthened laws and policies on child marriage and sexual exploitation. The national coalition to end child marriage brought young female MPs and senior MPs together to discuss progress on ending child marriage.
In the time it has taken to read this article 11 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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Ettie is Communications Associate at Girls Not Brides: the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.