Why we are building an alliance to end child marriage

Photo: Jeff Moore

In the time it has taken to read this article 39 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

About the author

Graça Machel

The Elders

Graça Machel is a member 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.