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'Leave no girl behind'

“Child brides have no say in when or whom they marry. They usually drop out of school and miss out on the opportunities they need to thrive.”

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, a new video from Girls Not Brides shows how child marriage holds girls back, and how we can work together to end it.


The world we want: an end to child marriage


Day of the Girl: giving girls a voice

“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.


Building an alliance 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.