Girls Not Brides USA

Girls Not Brides Global Partnership

Girls Not Brides USA is a branch of the broader Girls Not Brides Global Partnership. Click below to learn more about the international work of Girls Not Brides.

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Through its advocacy efforts, ICRW has worked with the U.S. Congress to raise the profile of child marriage and bring more national and international support to end this harmful traditional practice. In 2012, the United States Senate passed the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act (S.414), which was unanimously supported by a voice vote. The legislation, which ICRW had advocated for since 2006, contains provisions that authorize U.S. foreign assistance funding to prevent child marriage and provide educational and economic opportunities to girls in developing countries. This legislation helps protect girls’ human rights by establishing a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage, requiring the State Department to report on this harmful practice in its annual human rights report, and integrating child marriage prevention efforts into existing development programs.

Girls Not Brides recognizes the importance of evidence-based solutions to end child marriage and is committed to working with organizations like ICRW to find effective ways to empower girls and prevent child marriage. Together, we can build a future where every girl can realize her full potential and enjoy her rights to health, education, and security.



Through its member organizations, Girls Not Brides provides critical support to girls at risk of child marriage and survivors of the practice. The coalition also advocates for stronger laws and policies that protect girls’ rights and promote gender equality. Girls Not Brides believes that ending child marriage requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of the practice, including poverty, gender inequality, and harmful social norms.


Facts & Stats

  • In 2012, 70 million women ages 20-24 around the world had been married before the age of 18.
  • If present trends continue, 150 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday over the next decade. That’s an average of 15 million girls each year.
  • Girls living in poor households are almost twice as likely to marry before 18 as girls in higher-income households.
  • Girls with higher levels of schooling are less likely to marry as children. 
  • Pregnancy is consistently among the leading causes of death for girls ages 15-19 worldwide.
  • Child brides often face a higher risk of contracting HIV because they often marry an older man with more sexual experience.
  • Girls who marry before 18 are more likely to experience domestic violence than their peers who marry later.
  • No one religious affiliation is associated with child marriage.

Sources: UNFPA, USAID, Population Council, Pathfinder International