The facts about child marriage

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 authors

Gro Brundtland

The Elders

Gro Brundtland and Graça Machel are members of The Elders, a group of independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The Elders founded Girls Not Brides in September 2011.

Graça Machel

The Elders