The first International Day of the Girl was recognized on October 11, 2012. Because we spoke as one, world leaders woke up to the need to end child marriage.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said we should let “girls be girls, not brides” and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that she wants to see an end to child marriage in a generation. In Malawi, the government has committed to changing minimum age of marriage laws.
Together, we can help girls live healthier, more prosperous lives. There is no doubt the need to tackle child marriage is urgent. The UN has warned that if we do nothing to address child marriage, 142 million girls will marry as children by 2020.
Girls Not Brides members are working to ensure this will not be the case. You can explore their work at Girls Not Brides website www.GirlsNotBrides.org.
If you’re inspired, donate to their work via Catapult, a new fundraising platform dedicated to investing in women and girls around the world. For instance, you can support their member Girls Empowerment Network Malawi’s work to help girls stand up to their elders and say no to child marriage.