|Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24|
"Mary Robinson and The Elders make child marriage prevention a top priority"
Members of The Elders, a contingent of independent global leaders focusing on “peace and human rights,” made appearances at the Clinton Global Initiative and the Mashable Social Good Summit. Their focus: to bring awareness to the “neglected” topic of child marriage through the ‘Girls Not Brides’ platform. The campaign dictum is, “Let girls be girls and not brides.”
Working to bring together non-governmental agencies from around the world, Girls Not Brides is confronting a practice that prohibits 10 million girls—annually—of the right to an education, health, and security.
The stats are overwhelming. On a daily basis, twenty-five thousand girls are married before they reach the age of eighteen. To grasp the numbers in real time, that is the equivalent of nineteen girls being married without their consent every minute.
This article orginally appeared in its entirety here.
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