Amsterdam, the Netherlands – On 7 November 2016, AWEPA staff participated in a ceremony to mark the launch of the Girls Not Brides the Netherlands, a new Dutch network focusing on mutual learning and joint activities to prevent child marriage.
The ceremony was attended by Princess Mabel van Oranje, Chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to end child marriage, and numerous Dutch and international organisations active in the fight against child marriage.
It provided an opportunity for these international organisations to come together and share their ideas and experiences, ultimately reinforcing links and promoting collaboration.
As a member of the Global Girls Not Brides Partnership, AWEPA has been involved in its work since 2012.
Within the Global partnership, AWEPA works with parliamentarians to facilitate the creation of an enabling legal and policy environment to protect girls from child marriage. As such, we are pleased to announce that Girls Not Brides recently released a revised edition of their publication entitled “The role of parliamentarians in ending child marriage: A toolkit”. This detailed guide provides concrete examples and recommendations on how interested parliamentarians can take action against child marriage.
AWEPA, along with the Girls Not Brides Partnership, believes that, by establishing a fruitful and long-term partnership with committed parliamentarians, we can work together towards a world where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men.