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Protecting Children:

Girls Not Brides

Last year, after their families forced them to get married, two girls in Zimbabwe launched and won a court case that made it illegal for children to marry under the age of 18. Six months after the win, thousands of parliamentarians at an international forum adopted a model law on eradicating child marriage in 14 nations. These two wins were astounding for girls. Child and early marriages are serious violations of human rights. Fuelled by chronic poverty and gender inequity, the practices effect 70 million girls worldwide. Plan International Canada was a key supporter of the court case, and Plan International Zimbabwe was a key voice at the forum, backing one of our partners, Girls Not Brides in both initiatives. Plan International Zimbabwe also supports girls through projects such as I’MPOWER, which will reach 147,000 beneficiaries in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. It’s one of the many outstanding efforts that support girls who want to exercise their basic human rights.