We launched our ‘School not Slavery!’ Child Marriage Appeal on Tuesday 16th June to mark International Day of the African Child. We’re asking International Development Secretary Justine Greening to end child marriage by accelerating spending on girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa. We are also aiming to raise £10,000 so we can help more girls escape child marriage through education. We can’t do it without you.





39,000 girls under 18 are married every day. Child marriage takes girls out of school, and can lead to discrimination, domestic violence, and early child bearing.

Girls who fall pregnant aged 10 – 14 in sub-Saharan Africa are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20 – 24 because their bodies are not sufficiently developed. DSC00796_small

This is Gmananye. Since she was small, Gmananye has been betrothed to a man twice her age, even though he has two wives already and sons the same age as her. When the time came to marry, she refused, so she was beaten, tied to a log and made to drink a witchcraft concoction to change her mind. When she refused a second time, the man’s sons held her down and she was raped by her betrothed, ‘spoiling’ her for other men. Eventually she managed to run away in the night and contacted the human rights commission. That’s when our partner organisation took her into a safe house. This can’t happen to any more girls.



Thank you.