Mary Robinson discusses The Elders’ campaign to end child marriage as both a moral imperative in its own right, and as a global development and foreign policy priority, at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Mary Robinson has been in Addis Ababa for the binannual meeting of the Gender is My Agenda Campaign, to meet Sudanese and South Sudanese women leaders, and stress the importance of involving women in the peace process between the two nations.
“Every three seconds, another girl becomes a child bride.”
11 October marks the first ever International Day of the Girl Child: a chance to amplify the voice of millions of girls everywhere being married off before the age of 18. Join Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu in celebrating Day of the Girl. Help us end child marriage.
In a video from Half the Sky, a campaign dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women across the world, Desmond Tutu questions the sidelining of women in the name of custom or tradition. If these traditions are man-made, he argues, then they can be changed.
"We can end child marriage, because together we can achieve anything." Youth campaigner Nitu, India
In this new video from Girls Not Brides, campaigners from across South Asia – home to nearly half of the world's child brides – explain what motivates them and how they are playing their part in the struggle to end child marriage.
Every year, 10 million girls worldwide are married under the age of 18. In June 2011, Gro Brundtland, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu travelled to Ethiopia to visit projects that are successfully educating families and communities about the harmfulness of early marriage.
Just after returning from their recent trip to the Middle East, the Elders asked their supporters around the world to send in their questions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson respond to some of your questions.