Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage and Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education PAGE have announced a partnership that will see the organizations collaborate to further help people prepare and respond to issues to end Child End Marriage in Pakistan.

A collaborative partnership is developed that includes outlining partnership activities, advice, cooperation, coordination, sharing existing content, and knowledge to address the issues of Child Marriages in Pakistan. The partnership will also co-create new learning opportunities and will occur both at global and local levels. PAGE through its advocacy and access to education for girls aim to reduce the number of early-age marriages in Pakistan.

When a girl is forced to marry as a child, she faces abrupt and lasting effects. Her chances of finishing school drop while her odds of undergoing domestic violence intensifies. She is more likely to become pregnant during adolescence, and more likely to die due to impediments in early-age pregnancy and childbirth. There are also huge societal consequences and a higher risk of prolonged inter-generational cycles of destitution and poverty.

We need to have a holistic view of the efforts to end child marriage. Ending child marriage is not a solution in itself. We need to create choices for young people and be able to showcase these, and we need to look at the entire context to understand why child marriage occurs. PAGE is committed to empowering girls to exercise their rights, fulfill their potential, and drive change in their communities.

Until the girls are being married as young children, we would not achieve the gender-equal world that the world needs. Girls need to be heard; they should be allowed to make choices: about when and whom they will marry, about continuing their education, and about whether and when they have children or not.

This partnership with the Girls Not Bride: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage provides an invaluable opportunity for both organizations to not only to improve access to quality learning around Child Marriage issues, response and management, but through cooperation and knowledge-sharing; it shall improve our ability to help communities for the preparation and response to Child Marriage sufferings for the young girls.”