A leader in fighting against child marriage, Canada can still do more

Photo: Francois D'Elbee

In the time it has taken to read this article 46 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

Mabel van Oranje

  • Chair

Girls Not Brides

Mabel van Oranje is Chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She is the recipient of the 2014 John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Awards.