Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18, marking the start of their lives as wives and mothers well before they are...
Girls Not Brides
Girls Not Brides
CARE is a leader in advocacy to end child marriage. One of our key roles is co-chairing Girls Not Brides: The United States Partnership to End Child Marriage (GNB USA, formerly the Child Marriage Coalition). GNB USA is comprised of more than 50 organizations with offices in the United States, and is officially affiliated with Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 300 civil society organizations from 67 countries working to address child marriage, and much of our work is undertaken in regular consultation and coordination with the Global Secretariat based in London.
Co-led by CARE USA, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), GNB USA has naturally evolved from a more loosely aligned group of organizations that came together in 2006 to draft and introduce legislation in the 109th Congress, to an organized coalition with a range of ambitious policy goals. Over the years, the Coalition has made great progress in its efforts to secure increased support for the prevention of child marriage and support for married girls and is widely recognized as the leading coalition of experts in the USG advocacy context.
In 2013, Girls Not Brides: The United States Partnership to End Child Marriage (GNB USA) secured a major victory -- the passage of the coalition’s signature bill, the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, which was wrapped into and successfully passed into law as part of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. Key amongst its provisions is a stipulation requiring the Secretary of State to draft a comprehensive and multi-year strategy to end child marriage. This victory presents an urgent and closing window of opportunity to work with the Obama Administration towards unprecedented policy and programmatic commitments to end child marriage. The overall goal of GNB USA is to increase and ensure the implementation of strong political and financial commitments by the United States government to end child marriage and support married adolescents in affected communities around the world. The ultimate, long-term objective of these efforts is to drive more strategic, evidence-based, comprehensive and coordinated investments into programs and policies that will prevent child marriage and support married adolescents in the communities that are most affected by the practice.