The Elders, a group of notable statesmen brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 and currently chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has decided to elevate the problem of child marriage, a harmful tradition that robs 10 million girls every year of their childhood.
As Desmond Tutu says, we know from our own experience that great change can happen in a single generation. That’s why The Elders were inspired to launch Girls Not Brides, a new global partnership that brings together grassroots, national and international organizations committed to ending child marriage.
By sharing stories globally, these vulnerable voices can be heard by leaders who are in a position to make a difference.
The Girls Not Brides partnership was launched in New York last month, while global leaders gathered in the city for the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly.
“Our message was simple: it is time to put ending child marriage at the top of the international agenda,” said Archbishop Tutu, who told leaders he is as committed to ending child marriage as he was to ending apartheid.