Every year, an estimated 10 million girls aged under 18 are married worldwide with little or no say in the matter. In the developing world, one in seven girls is married before her 15th birthday and some child brides are as young as eight or nine.
Child marriage is not only a human rights issue. Marrying at a young age and early sexual contact put girls at higher risk of sexual health problems, including HIV.
The Alliance brings a broad knowledge of how HIV affects children and their sexual and reproductive health to the partnership. By working as part of Girls Not Brides, we hope to empower the activists and organisations that work to end child marriage in their communities by enabling them to share best practice and to work together to raise awareness of the importance of ending child marriage.
“Becoming part of this global partnership is of great importance to the Alliance, allowing us join forces to end this practice that threatens the health and survival of so many young girls” said Kate Iorpenda, the Alliance’s senior advisor on children and impact mitigation.
You can find out more about Girls Not Brides here and read more about the Alliance’s work with children here.
Child marriage threatens the health and survival young girls