"Let us measure up as men"

Photo: Girls Not Brides

In the time it has taken to read this article 33 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

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He is Chair of The Elders, a group of independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide.