Why we need to end child marriage

12 million girls across the world are married under the age of 18 every year; some as young as 8 or 9. That’s one girl married every 3 seconds who is robbed of her future, putting her at risk of violence, ill health and trapping her in poverty.

But change is possible. When local organizations work with girls and their communities, they can delay the age of marriage and provide alternatives for girls. Every girl has the right to a safe and healthy future including the right to choose if, when and whom to marry.

To learn more about the issue of child marriage please visit girlsnotbrides.org

Facts of the Matter

  • 1 in 5 girls in the world is married under 18.
  • Girls who marry before the age of 15 are almost 50% more likely to have experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner than women who married after 18.
  • Over 60% of women (20-24) with no education were married before 18.
  • If current trends on child marriage continue, 150 million more girls will be married in childhood by 2030.

Where the Money Goes

Every dollar raised for vow will go directly to the girls first fund

All funds raised by VOW go to the Girls First Fund. The Girls First Fund champions local efforts to ensure all girls can live free from child marriage and reach their full potential. The fund specializes in supporting local organizations, particularly girl-, women- and youth-led groups that work with the most vulnerable girls, working tirelessly to prevent child marriage and advance girls’ rights. In 2019, the Girls First Fund will support projects in 6 countries around the world: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Niger & Uganda.

The Girls First Fund is a philanthropic fund of Capital for Good USA, a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity, with services provided by Geneva Global.