Nearly half of the world's child brides live in South Asia. Girls Not Brides members recently came together to discuss what can be done to end child marriage throughout the region and drive change on a global scale.
Every year an estimated 10 million girls are married before they turn 18. Nearly half of them live in South Asia. In February 2012, Girls Not Brides brought together over 70 organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to discuss how to create change across the region. All were united in the belief that together we can end child marriage and give every girl the opportunity to fulfil her potential.
For more on Girls Not Brides South Asia meeting, read: Ending child marriage in South Asia: "a human mission".
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The Jagriti campaign in Bihar, northern India, is a youth-led campaign to stop child marriage. Four members of The Elders met young Jagriti participants who want to persuade their families, teachers and local leaders that child marriage is holding them and their communities back.
To find out more about the Jagriti project visit: www.facebook.com/endchildmarriage
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Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
That is 23 girls every minute
Nearly 1 every 3 seconds