Calling for an end to child marriage on international Day of the Girl 2017
International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to celebrate, empower and support girls. Girls Not Brides members on every continent put on a variety of events, bringing together girls, parents, religious leaders, policy-makers and more to call for an end to child marriage.
Take a look at what some of our National Partnerships and members achieved on Day of the Girl 2017!
Girls Not Brides members in Burkina Faso held an event in the north of the country targeting religious leaders. Girls shared their messages directly with leaders, encouraging them to become child marriage champions. This work supports Burkina Faso’s national strategy to end child marriage 2016-2025.
Girls in Burkina Faso have already started celebrating Day of the Girl! Here they are delivering a letter to a local traditional leader, asking him to commit to ending child marriage. Way to go! The photo is from Association des Jeunes pour le Bien-être Familiale de Bogoya (AJBFB), a member of the national coalition to end child marriage in Burkina Faso where 1 in 2 girls are married before 18. #dayofthegirl #girlpower #girlsempowerment #girlstakeover #endchildmarriage
Girls Not Brides Cameroon hosted a conference with the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment bringing together over 70 Presidents of women’s associations to celebrate girls. Schoolchildren in Yaoundé filmed vox pops in 15 languages telling the world that child marriage is against their rights, and that girls should be “flower girls and not the bride”.
Girls Not Brides Ghana held ten events about child marriage across the country, targeting local decision-makers. A municipal chief executive and child marriage champion urged parents to prioritise their children’s futures by avoiding child marriage. Girls delivered a joint communique to the president and Girls Not Brides Ghana’s advocacy efforts were featured in national media.
— Fouzia Tua Alhassan (@fouzia_tua) October 11, 2017
— Girls Not Brides (@GirlsNotBrides) October 11, 2017
Girls Not Brides Malawi brought together community leaders, policy-makers and youth advocates to advance efforts to end child marriage in the country. Earlier this year, Malawi amended its constitution to increase the age of marriage to 18.
Girls were also at the heart of celebrations! Girls Not Brides members YONECO and GENET Malawi marched a mile to end child marriage, and YONECO showcased girls’ talent in a girls band, bringing together community members for engaging dance and radio events
— GENET MALAWI (@genetmalawi) October 11, 2017
— Charles Banda (@charlespkbanda) October 12, 2017
#DYK that Malawi has one of the highest #childmarriage rates in the world? Almost 1 in 2 girls are married before the age of 18. On #DayoftheGirl, Girls Not Brides members in Malawi are celebrating girls and calling for an end to child marriage with a girl band, live music and dancing. Amazing to see the energy of everyone involved! #DayoftheGirlChild #girlscan #endchildmarriage #GirlsNotBrides #GirlsEmpowerment #Malawi #EastAfrica #GirlsNotBrides
Girls Not Brides Mozambique organised a fair in a district where child marriage is common. They delivered an amazing variety of services, including birth and civil registration, and sexual and reproductive health services.
Girls Not Brides Nepal held a national girls’ congress where young people presented their vision for a child marriage-free Nepal to political leaders.
— Sudeep Uprety (@UpretySudeep) October 13, 2017
Civil society organisations came together in Islamabad and adopted a resolution targeting government officials to end child marriage. The resolution makes the case for preventing child marriage as a way to achieve sustainable development for all. It also calls on federal and provincial governments to change discriminatory laws, fund outreach to marginalised girls, and monitor and evaluate data that tracks girls’ empowerment.
Members of Girls Not Brides Tanzania held events on child marriage and girls’ empowerment in Tarime, with a booth visited by the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly & Children.
Girls Not Brides Uganda launched, with the support of Amplify Change, a new CSO-led advocacy campaign to end child marriage across the country.
Girls Not Brides members also took part in the first ever Women’s Health Summit in Uganda during which the First Lady asked parents to protect their daughters and girls called on their community to keep them in school.
The Chief guest, the fist Lady and minister of education and sports, advises the stakeholders to involve the adolescent…
Happy #DayoftheGirl! Members of Girls Not Brides Uganda are coming together to launch a community-led campaign against #childmarriage. Exciting to see groups uniting across districts to #endchildmarriage 👏 #IDG #IDG2017 #Uganda #EastAfrica #DayoftheGirlChild #girlscan #endchildmarriage #GirlsNotBrides
Girls Not Brides USA held an event with the House Foreign Affairs Committee on child marriage and girls’ education. Civil society as well as policy-makers of both major political parties discussed how U.S. Foreign Assistance could best end these harmful practices.
— Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) October 10, 2017
Young people delivered a petition to Parliament calling for strengthened laws and policies on child marriage and sexual exploitation. The national coalition to end child marriage brought young female MPs and senior MPs together to discuss progress on ending child marriage.