As Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, we are committed to working with diverse civil society organisations to share knowledge and practical solutions to address child marriage and transform discriminatory gender norms around the world.
Over recent months, we have worked with Girls Not Brides member organisations, national coalitions and working groups from Guatemala to India to share key evidence, recommendations and tools to support gender-transformative advocacy and programming, and to engage and accompany young people as they inspire change in their own lives and communities. You can access these materials in our Resource Centre, and directly through the links in our quarterly resource roundup below.
Girls’ sexuality and child marriage conceptual framework and donor brief: Developed with the Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Unions and Sexuality Working Group, this conceptual framework and accompanying donor brief set out the child marriage interventions and investments needed to address the fear and control of adolescent girls’ sexuality, which is a core driver of child marriage and gender inequality. Available in English, French and Spanish.
Child, early and forced marriage and unions in Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the countries with the highest prevalence of CEFMU in Latin America and the Caribbean: 30% of Guatemalan women were married or in a union before they turned 18. This new brief – produced in collaboration with national coalition La Mesa a favor de las Niñas y Adolescentes – includes evidence and recommendations to support an integrated, girl-centred approach to addressing CEFMU in the country. Available in English and Spanish.
Guide to using the law to end child marriage in India: India has made significant progress towards ending child marriage over the past 25 years, but still has the most child marriages in the world. This guide – published with Women Power Connect and the Socio-Legal Information Centre – cover the causes and consequences of child marriage in India, the legal framework and how to use it in prevention work, and an up-to-date list of child marriage prohibition officers across the country, supporting members of the public to act to end child marriage. Available in English.
Kissa Kahani: The power of stories: A core part of our work to end child marriage is to acknowledge and address gender inequality in our societies. To do this, we also need to understand and distinguish between the terms sex, gender and sexuality, and to work with and respond to what adolescents want, see and hear. This curriculum – produced with Project KHEL – explores storytelling as a way to understand the underlying concepts and structures that lead to child marriage. The accompanying toolkit compiles 35 stories written by youth activists across India about gender in their local contexts. Available in English and Hindi.
Youth speak: A module on youth engagement to end child marriage: Produced with Restless Development, this training module was designed to engage young people to become reflective leaders who can design and implement short- and long-term action to deliver change on issues they care about. It is centred around child marriage activism, but can also be adapted to work on other issues. Available in English and Hindi.
Learning series on what works to end child marriage: Starting on 30 June, we are holding monthly webinars to share learning, evidence and experiences from across – and beyond – the global Partnership. Each webinar brings diverse stakeholders together around a different theme, and includes presentations and space for discussion. Check out the key takeaways, session recording and related resources from the first two session on cash transfers and the latest trends and evidence on child marriage prevalence around the world, and join the next session on supporting married girls, adolescent mothers and girls who are pregnant. Available in English, French and Spanish.
In the time it has taken to read this article 38 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 2 seconds