Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
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Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 500 civil society organisations from over 70 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, united by a commitment to end child marriage.
Girls Not Brides works to unleash the potential of girls worldwide by ending the harmful practice of child marriage. We do this by bringing together civil society organisations from around the world to enhance and accelerate efforts to prevent child marriage and support married girls. Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.
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In 2014, Girls Not Brides advocated for a target to end child marriage to be included in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The Girls Not Brides secretariat developed a post-2015 advocacy toolkit to support members advocacy efforts and kept members updated on progress and opportunities to influence the process and 176 members signed onto joint letters to the Secretary General and working group drafting the goals. We were heard: a target addressing child marriage has been included under the gender equality goal in the final draft framework.
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Together, Girls Not Brides members develop and implement advocacy strategies to urge influential bodies ? such as the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Human Rights Council and the African Union ? to take action on child marriage. Many members work together in their countries to advocate for relevant national laws, policies or action.
Our members contributed to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights? report on the human rights implications of child marriage, and we helped design the Human Rights Council?s first plenary discussion on the issue.
As a member of the reference group for the Girl Summit, Girls Not Brides helped ensure strong commitments to action as well as meaningful participation and speaker roles for grassroots member organisations at the Summit.
Girls Not Brides has also been a key partner to the first-ever African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage. We attended the two year campaign?s launch, and we provide assistance and promote participation by civil society in holding governments and officials accountable to their commitments.
Organization have an annual report? (YES/NO) (should contain financial statements and a list of financial sources and contributions, including governmental contributions)?
Yes - GirlsNotBrides2014AnnualReport4.pdf
List of members of the governing body of your organization, and their countries of nationality
Mabel van Oranje ? Dutch
Clare Melford ? British
Theresa Shaver ? American
Nick Grono ? Australia
Tanuja Pandit ? Indian
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