We cannot meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 unless we accelerate action to end child marriage

We are at the half-way point to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deadline, and we are not on track to achieve them.[i] Unless we go 20 times faster to end child marriage, [iii] we will fall short on at least nine of the SDGs.

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In the time it has taken to read this article 68 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

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Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1,600 civil society organisations from over 100 countries united by a commitment to work in partnership to end child marriage and ensure girls can fulfil their potential. Girls Not Brides was initiated in September 2011 by The Elders, a group of independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights.

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