Demand an End to Forced Marriage

Join the Fight against Forced Child Marriage

Every two seconds, a child becomes a victim of forced marriage.1 This egregious child rights violation robs millions of their childhoods, substituting a life of misery and hardship.

Girls like Maria*, who at 13 was forced to become the sixth wife of a 70-year-old man. When she resisted, her father told her: “If you don’t go to join your husband, I will kill you.”2

Join our movement to end forced child marriage and help girls like Maria.

Right now world leaders, government officials and civil society can make ending forced marriage a priority. Sustainable Development Goal 5.3 has put ending forced marriage on the global agenda and with our support for this goal we can help change the lives of girls like Maria for the better.

But we need people like you to help push governments and civil society to make ending this abhorrent practice a priority.

Case by case, country by country, we will push lawmakers and politicians to protect children from this abhorrent practice.

Want to know more about forced child marriage around the world – check out our blog here!

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90 Comments on "Join the fight against forced child marriage"

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Colin Foreman

Surely it is time to end this dreadful practice of child marriage where young girls lives are ruined and instead of a good education, they become slaves. This does the nation no credit. If, as |i guess, poverty is one of the reasons, then we should do something about that. May all those girls who are victims know we are thinking of them, and hoping and praying that they may be enabled to find some kind of freedom, some kind of future, where they can reach their full, God given potential.

Nabil Dellal

This is purely tradition. No backing from any faith. Bride maturity and consent are requirements for a valid marriage in Islam.


Unbelievable that it exists in other states

Erkan İnan

Feminist cause has established sound theoretical grounds and history of practice to fight against patriarchal violations like child abuse and forced marriage. Be in solidarity with feminist scholars and activists whenever, wherever possible.


Forced marrisge needs to be eradicated and respective governments should take this problem with all seriousness and through education in schools etc.
Help needs to be available to those who are subjected to this method without fear of reprisals.

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Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 85 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential.

Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.

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