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About

The 2nd Girls Not Brides Global Meeting took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 25 to 27 June 2018. It brought together 500 activists from over 70 countries to participate in 59 sessions and hundreds of informal gatherings over three days.


 

Why a Global Meeting?

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Connect

Build an ever-closer and more effective global partnership

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Learn

Share knowledge and evidence about what works to address child marriage

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Inspire

Celebrate progress to ensure more action and resources

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Align

Agree on next steps to achieve our common strategic objectives


The planning committee

 

As a Global Partnership, it is important that Girls Not Brides’ activities are informed by the expertise of its members and partners.

Our planning committee, made up of members and partners from around the world, helped develop the programme of the Global Meeting.

All team members were experts in their field, each with powerful insights into what it will take to end child marriage. They ensured we had the best and the most innovative programme to meet the needs of our diverse Partnership.

 
  Ramatu Bangaru  is a Programme Officer at NoVo Foundation, focusing on the foundation’s Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights Initiative.

Ramatu Bangaru is a Programme Officer at NoVo Foundation, focusing on the foundation’s Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights Initiative.

  Emily Barcklow D’Amica  is a Senior Programme Officer at the Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) and has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights since 2000.

Emily Barcklow D’Amica is a Senior Programme Officer at the Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) and has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights since 2000.

  Abdallah Byabasaija  is the Executive Director of the Child Rights Empowerment & Development Organization (CEDO) in Uganda.

Abdallah Byabasaija is the Executive Director of the Child Rights Empowerment & Development Organization (CEDO) in Uganda.

  Satvika Chalisani  is a Technical Specialist at UNFPA.

Satvika Chalisani is a Technical Specialist at UNFPA.

  Lopa Ghosh  is a communications and development practitioner. Lopa is a founding member of Shelter for Her Empowerment (SHE) and was a member of the UN drafting committee for India’s recommendations to the UN Secretary General on the SDGs.

Lopa Ghosh is a communications and development practitioner. Lopa is a founding member of Shelter for Her Empowerment (SHE) and was a member of the UN drafting committee for India’s recommendations to the UN Secretary General on the SDGs.

  Dr Aparajita Gogoi  is the Executive Director of the Centre for Catalyzing Change in India. Dr Gogoi is a political scientist with over 20 years of experience in advocacy campaigns, project management and defining approaches and strategies for policy issues.

Dr Aparajita Gogoi is the Executive Director of the Centre for Catalyzing Change in India. Dr Gogoi is a political scientist with over 20 years of experience in advocacy campaigns, project management and defining approaches and strategies for policy issues.

  Margaret Greene  is the President of GreeneWorks, a consulting firm that collaborates with NGOs, multilaterals and businesses to integrate social protections into their work. Margaret coordinates a network of researchers and implementers working on child marriage.

Margaret Greene is the President of GreeneWorks, a consulting firm that collaborates with NGOs, multilaterals and businesses to integrate social protections into their work. Margaret coordinates a network of researchers and implementers working on child marriage.

  Priya Kath  is the General Secretary of the South Asia Regional Network (SARYIN), a youth-led network run by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) youth volunteers in South Asia. Priya was recently awarded the “Best Youth” award by IPPF for her contribution to the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Priya Kath is the General Secretary of the South Asia Regional Network (SARYIN), a youth-led network run by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) youth volunteers in South Asia. Priya was recently awarded the “Best Youth” award by IPPF for her contribution to the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

  Abubakari Kawusada  is the Gender and Governance Manager at NORSAAC, the national secretary of  Girls Not Brides Ghana  and the convener of the Northern Region SDG Platform in Ghana.

Abubakari Kawusada is the Gender and Governance Manager at NORSAAC, the national secretary of Girls Not Brides Ghana and the convener of the Northern Region SDG Platform in Ghana.

  Julio Langa  is an anthropologist from Mozambique with a background in human rights promotion and development work. Julio is the national coordinator of HOPEM, a civil society network working on issues of masculinity, gender quality, SRHR and gender-based violence.

Julio Langa is an anthropologist from Mozambique with a background in human rights promotion and development work. Julio is the national coordinator of HOPEM, a civil society network working on issues of masculinity, gender quality, SRHR and gender-based violence.

  Nora Le Jean  is the Technical Support Unit Coordinator at Equilibre et Populations.

Nora Le Jean is the Technical Support Unit Coordinator at Equilibre et Populations.

  Ed MacBain  is the Executive Director of Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) in Malawi.

Ed MacBain is the Executive Director of Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) in Malawi.

  Nankali Maksud  is the Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.

Nankali Maksud is the Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.

  Helena Minchew  is Program Associate at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) in the United States, and the co-chair of  Girls Not Brides USA.

Helena Minchew is Program Associate at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) in the United States, and the co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA.

  Anny Modi  is the Executive Director of Afia Mama.

Anny Modi is the Executive Director of Afia Mama.

  Valerie Msoka  is the Executive Director of the Tanzania Media Women’s Organisation in Tanzania.

Valerie Msoka is the Executive Director of the Tanzania Media Women’s Organisation in Tanzania.

  Alex Munive  is the Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at Plan International.

Alex Munive is the Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at Plan International.

  Hope Nankunda  is the Executive Director of Raising Teenagers Uganda and the Central Regional Coordinator of  Girls Not Brides Uganda . She is a teacher and counsellor by profession with over 12 years of experience working with students in schools.

Hope Nankunda is the Executive Director of Raising Teenagers Uganda and the Central Regional Coordinator of Girls Not Brides Uganda. She is a teacher and counsellor by profession with over 12 years of experience working with students in schools.

  Shabira Nupur  is the Deputy Director for Advocacy and Justice for Children at World Vision Bangladesh with over 15 years of advocacy experience in the development sector

Shabira Nupur is the Deputy Director for Advocacy and Justice for Children at World Vision Bangladesh with over 15 years of advocacy experience in the development sector

  Catherine Nyambura  is the Advocacy Programme Associate at the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). Catherine has over eight years of experience advancing gender equality as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa.

Catherine Nyambura is the Advocacy Programme Associate at the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). Catherine has over eight years of experience advancing gender equality as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa.

  Godfrey Ochieng Okumu  is the Programs Coordinator at the Nyanza Initiative for Girls’ Education & Empowerment (NIGEE). Godfrey has over 14 years of experience in management and provision of technical support to integrated youth social change interventions in Kenya.

Godfrey Ochieng Okumu is the Programs Coordinator at the Nyanza Initiative for Girls’ Education & Empowerment (NIGEE). Godfrey has over 14 years of experience in management and provision of technical support to integrated youth social change interventions in Kenya.

  Habiba Osman  is a Program Specialist at UN Women Malawi, responsible for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls Program (EVAWG) and human rights portfolio on child marriage.

Habiba Osman is a Program Specialist at UN Women Malawi, responsible for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls Program (EVAWG) and human rights portfolio on child marriage.

  Amjad Rabi  is the Deputy Representative and Senior Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Malaysia, having worked in UNICEF country offices in Nepal, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Argentina and the UNICEF headquarters in New York.

Amjad Rabi is the Deputy Representative and Senior Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Malaysia, having worked in UNICEF country offices in Nepal, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Argentina and the UNICEF headquarters in New York.

  Anita Raj  is the Director of UC San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health. Her research centres on reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health as well as the public health impact of gender inequities.

Anita Raj is the Director of UC San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health. Her research centres on reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health as well as the public health impact of gender inequities.

  Rashmila Shakya  is the Programmes Director at Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre (CWIN) Nepal.

Rashmila Shakya is the Programmes Director at Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre (CWIN) Nepal.

  Aarati Sharma  is the Programme Coordinator of “My Rights, My Voice” at Oxfam International in Nepal, working on child, early and forced marriage and violence against women and girls.

Aarati Sharma is the Programme Coordinator of “My Rights, My Voice” at Oxfam International in Nepal, working on child, early and forced marriage and violence against women and girls.

  Perla Vazquez  is a youth advocate and a Project Manager at the CAMY Fund in Mexico.

Perla Vazquez is a youth advocate and a Project Manager at the CAMY Fund in Mexico.

  Mieke Vogels  works on health and HIV in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. Mieke is a member of the steering committee of the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage and takes part in steering committee meetings of the alliances of Dutch NGOs working on child marriage.

Mieke Vogels works on health and HIV in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. Mieke is a member of the steering committee of the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage and takes part in steering committee meetings of the alliances of Dutch NGOs working on child marriage.


About Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 800 civil society organisations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.

Find out more


The 2015 Global Member Meeting

In May 2015, over 250 Girls Not Brides members gathered in Casablanca, Morocco, for the first Girls Not Brides Global Member Meeting. The meeting aimed to strengthen the global partnership through collaboration, networking and shared learning, and to empower member organisations to build their capacity to end child marriage.

Watch the panel discussions

Check out resources from the meeting

Read the press release


Past regional or thematic conferences

Since 2011, Girls Not Brides has held five large scale meetings:

  • Two workshops on national level collaboration: one in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2016, and one in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2013.

  • An Africa regional meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2012.

  • A South Asian regional meeting in Delhi, India, in 2012.

  • An inception meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2011.

Girls Not Brides has also organised several member meetings on specific topics, such as the Theory of Change to end child marriage, as well as side meetings at of large international events, such as the 2014 Girl Summit in London and the Africa Girl Summit in Zambia in 2015.