What is GNB?

Girls Not Brides is a Global Partnership of over 400 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) united with the common goal of ending the harmful practice of child marriage and enable girl children to fulfil and realize their full potential. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Girls Not Brides and its members believe that there is strength in numbers, and that by working in partnership we can accelerate efforts towards ending child marriage.

Together “Girls Not Brides” members aim to shatter the silence that has long surrounded the issue of child marriage and consolidate our collective efforts towards bringing the issue of child marriage to global attention, building an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and are calling for the laws, policies and programmes to be put in place that will make a difference in the life of millions of vulnerable girls.

We also aim to support children who are or have been victims of child marriage, to increase awareness of the scale and impact of child marriage, and to mobilise the support and resources needed to end child marriage.

Since the launch of Girls Not Brides, there has been a general consensus that the global movement will only succeed if it is underpinned by strong collaboration at the national and local levels, especially in high-prevalence countries. Over the past few years, organisations in many countries working to address child marriage have sought to deepen collaboration at the national level and develop country-specific strategies to address child marriage through the formation of country-level alliances, coalitions or networks.

Girls Not Brides Nepal -“Balika Dulahi Hoinan”

Girls Not Brides Nepal (GNBN) is the Nepal chapter to Girls Not Brides and is a national network of non governmental organizations committed to ending the issue of child marriage in Nepal. It was formed on 10th February, 2012 by 7 non government organizations working in the field of child rights, sexual and reproductive health of youths and adolescents, women empowerment and Gender Based Violence (GBV). The aim of the network is to bring the issue of child marriage onto the forefront of the agenda of all relevant stakeholders, both governmental and non governmental.

Objective of GNB network:
  • Pool resources, energy and experience of its members to support equality for Nepalese girls and women in all aspects of life, strengthen and maximize their collective impact in ending child marriage and address those practices that perpetuate inequality in our society.
  • Raise awareness and advocate against the harmful traditional practice of child marriage in the country by encouraging open, inclusive and informed discussion at the community, local and national level.

The Network currently functions with the voluntary contributions of its member organizations. The network membership is open to all civil society organizations working against VAW and child marriage.