By June 2018 we will be almost halfway towards implementing Girls Not Brides’ four year strategy 2017-2020. It is a good time to take stock and refocus our efforts for the coming two years.
The Global Meeting’s priority themes are based on our 2017-2020 strategy, as well as feedback from over 200 individuals from Girls Not Brides member and partner organisations.
Read them below or download the pdf.
Goal A: Governments
Governments have committed to end child marriage by 2030 in the Sustainable Development Goals. They have obligations to address child marriage under international human rights law. But are governments implementing their commitments?
- Reflecting on national strategies to address child marriage and progress made in other sectors.
- Learning from sub-national implementation of multi-sectoral strategies in other sectors.
- Addressing child marriage on a larger scale.
Goal B: Global and regional actors
Global and regional actors have an important role to play to address child marriage. They must hold governments accountable and support them to implement effective child marriage strategies, policies, and programmes.
How well are they doing? Where are additional commitments still needed?
- Deepening connections between global, regional, national and sub-national work.
- Leveraging global and regional frameworks and initiatives for greater accountability at the national level.
- Keeping child marriage on the agenda of regional and global discussion.
- Ensuring global and regional discussions are accessible to community based actors and affected girls and communities.
- Engaging the African Union.
- Using global and regional human rights bodies for accountability.
Goal C: Empowering communities
To end child marriage, we need to change attitudes, mindsets and norms in families and communities. Girls must be at the heart of our efforts and engaged as agents of change.
Yet, global, regional and national efforts are often not grounded in the realities of communities. How can we change this?
- Changing norms instead of individual attitudes and behaviours.
- Grounding the movement in the experiences of activists and the girls we seek to support.
- Addressing the needs of married girls.
Goal D: Increasing funding
Change requires adequate and sustainable resources to fund effective programmes in the long term. Funding has increased in recent years, but remains insufficient to address child marriage at scale.
- Mobilising domestic funding to end child marriage.
- Alternative sources of funding for civil society.
Goal E: Gathering evidence
There are significant research and data gaps in our understanding of child marriage, and its drivers and consequences in different contexts. Yet there is a lot of evidence that could take better advantage of.
- What evidence is missing to help inform policies and programmes?
- How can we ensure evidence informs decision-making?
- How can we take advantage of the global evidence base on child marriage and from other sectors?
- What do we know about the effectiveness of different approaches?
- What doesn’t work?
Goal F: Strengthening the Partnership
Working in partnership has been at the heard of Girls Not Brides from the beginning. No single actor can end child marriage. It is only by collaborating across sectors that we will be able to see change at scale for girls around the world.
- Best practice for working collectively and building partnerships.
- Collaborating for success: how to work with different sectors (governments, donors, private sector, and civil society).
- Fighting for gender equality in today’s world: shrinking civic space and rising fundamentalism.
Everyone must hold themselves and others accountable to their commitments to ending child marriage. In particular, governments and other duty-bearers have a responsibility to uphold, respect and protect the rights of girls. How can this be done?
- Tracking progress and accountability towards target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Measuring impact, not outputs.
- Approaches to national- and community-level accountability mechanisms.
- How other movements have successfully held governments to commitments: lessons learned.
Child marriage is driven by poverty, insecurity, conflict, tradition and a lack of alternatives. But the practice is rooted in the low value accorded to girls.
To end child marriage for good, we must address gender inequality and transform the norms and stereotypes about women and girls. How can our efforts be more transformative?
- Achieving gender equality as an end goal: what advocacy approaches are needed.
- Adopting a rights approach to address child marriage.
- Going beyond the age of marriage: transforming girls’ lives.
We must ensure meaningful youth participation, and the engagement of affected girls and youth organisations, in designing and delivering solutions. Where has it been done well? What do young people have to say about it?
- Engaging youth in your work: what works and what doesn’t?
- Youth-led advocacy to end child marriage: good practice.
Bringing everyone on board
No single actor can address child marriage. Many sectors need to take action and coordinate their response, including the health, child protection, justice, or education sectors.
Likewise, we will not end child marriage without civil society, communities, families, traditional and religious leaders, governments, donors, as well as boys and girls. How can we bring everyone on board to end child marriage?
- Bringing new actors on board to address child marriage.
- Using new evidence on the economic impact of child marriage to engage Ministries of Finance.
- Lessons learned from engaging different actors to end child marriage.
- Building alliances with other global movements.