Ford Foundation Launches Child Marriage Map and Partner Index

The Ford Foundation, in partnership with the Girls Not Brides campaign, has recently shared their child marriage interactive map, and partner index of Girls Not Brides member organizations. The map is linked to the recent article from Time magazine titled, “Why Is It So Hard to Combat Child Marriage?

The website examines 30 countries with the highest rates of child marriage, and offers some alarming statistics: “Across the developing world, more than one-third of girls are married by age 18, and one in seven is married by age 15, with devastating effects on girls’ health, education, earning power and independence.”

Once on the website, viewers have the option to view country statistics by marriage age, maternal mortality rates, early childbearing, secondary education, and legal age of marriage. A separate page with links to each Girls Not Brides partner organization is also available.

Girls Not Brides is a campaign focused on bringing a voice to girls and strengthening civil society group efforts on a local, regional, and global level. It is made up of over 100 partner organizations with the goal of ending child marriage and protecting the rights of girls around the world.

For more information, please check the Ford Foundation’s Youth Sexuality and Rights page.

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  1. Respected Madam/sir,
    Warm greetings form RUWON Nepal.

    I am writing on behalf of Rural Woman’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal), with in the role of General Secretary. (

    RUWON Nepal is a NGO working for the rights and equality of disadvantaged women, children, and youth with in Kathmandu and the rural district of Sindhuli. The organisation work from an education, community capacity building, and early intervention model/s, with current focus on five main projects:

    •      Woman’s literacy classes
    •      Woman’s leadership training
    •      Rural Woman’s Micro Savings initiative
    •      Child and Youth clubs
    •      Children’s extra tuition classes

    RUWON would like to form International partnerships and links with organisations such as yours, who working in the field of women’s rights and empowerment. Our objective is to gain:

    •      Assistance with awareness raising; bringing the issue of gender inequality in Nepal into International focus (links to possible awareness raising opportunities)
    •      Links to possible donor organizations / funding opportunities
    •      Links to training and updated information regarding Women’s rights and empowerment
    •      Links to possible memberships, forums, and discussions regarding women’s rights and empowerment

    Your organisations assistance with any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

    RUWON Nepal and I look forward to you response regarding the above,

    With kind regards,

    Dhruba Prasad Ghimire
    Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal)
    Tel/Fax: 00977 -1-48229058
    Mobile Number: 00977 98510 59709
    P. O. Box: 20706
    Kathmandu, Nepal

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