"Child brides are among the world’s most isolated and vulnerable groups. As minors they are unable to assert their wishes to their much older husbands or negotiate safe and consensual sex." - Girls Not Brides
There are a number of organizations and programs tackling the issue of child marriage, some are highlighted below.
Girls Not Brides:
Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 300 civil society organisations from over 50 countries committed to ending child marriage. Their website is full of information about the impact of forced child marriage and the underlying reasons for its existence. It hosts a wealth of information on programs throughout the world that are tackling child marriage and empowering girls.
"Traditions are made by us - and we can decide to change them. We should be respectful but we must also have the courage to stop harmful practices that impoverish girls, women and their communities." - GRACA MACHEL, MEMBER OF THE ELDERS,
FOUNDERS OF GIRLS NOT BRIDES
Girls Not Brides has a powerful "Girls Voices" section with girls stories that feature child marriage.
Apni Beti Apna Dhan
As an economic incentive to delay child marriage, in 1994, the local government of Haryana dedicated bonds to newly-born girls that can be cashed out after the girls turn 18 and only if they are unmarried. The first beneficiaries reached 18 in 2012, and a study conducted in 2009 found a number of benefits to girls in terms of education and health, but a study looking at impact on child marriage is still ongoing.
"Child marriage legitimizes human rights violations and abuses of girls under the guise of culture, honor, tradition, and religion. It continues a sequence of discrimination that begins at a girl’s birth and is reinforced in her community, in her marriage and which continues throughout her entire life."
Equality now released an extensive report on the importance of ending child marriage. The report includes a number of cases studies of child marriages, and highlights the need for national and international legal frameworks to prohibit child marriages.
Care provides a number of online resources and stories around the issue of child marriage.
Some of the programs Care is running or sponsoring: