Just as important, child marriage is one of the main factors why girls drop out of school.
2. How has the impact of COVID-19 on education affected child marriage globally, and how is Girls Not Brides responding?
COVID-19 has a devastating impact on global progress towards gender equality, including efforts to end child marriage. At least 10 million more girls are expected to be married by 2030 because of school closures, increasing poverty, and other implications of the pandemic; that is on top of the 12 million girls who are already married every year before their 18th birthday.
Girls Not Brides member organizations are reporting challenges in funding, disrupted services and supplies, and difficulties supporting adolescent girls remotely. There is a risk that many girls will drop out of school altogether.
If we want to continue to reach girls, their families and their communities under these circumstances, we need to support those who have local access. At Girls Not Brides, we are therefore advocating for more, and more flexible funding to support civil society organizations working on the ground to end child marriage.
3. You recently raised your hand in support of GPE’s financing campaign, which aims to raise at least $5 billion over five years to transform education for more than 1 billion children and protect domestic financing. How could a fully-funded GPE contribute to ending child marriage?
Insufficient funding for education affects the quality, accessibility and affordability of education. Girls, especially those from poor, rural or conflict-affected areas, are the most affected.