12 million girls across the world are married under the age of 18 every year; some as young as eight or nine.

That’s one girl married every three seconds who is robbed of her future, putting her at risk of violence, ill health and trapping her in poverty. But change is possible. When local organisations work with girls and their communities, they can delay the age of marriage and provide alternatives for girls.

VOW is an independent organisation, developed with the support of Girls Not Brides, the Ford Foundation and Hive, giving couples, companies and the public the power to help end child marriage.

Learn how The Elders are working to promote and protect equal rights for women and girls 

Every year, millions of couples celebrate their love by getting married and millions of their family and friends celebrate with them. In the US alone, Americans spend $100 billion on weddings think invitations, wedding dresses, rings, venues, flowers, gift registries, honeymoons, and more all on saying “I do.”

At a time when a child is married somewhere in the world every three seconds, VOW is asking, who’s invested in making sure that girls can say, “I don’t”? It's time to work together to create a world in which every girl can decide when, if and whom to marry.

The Elders, VOW

Join us and VOW to end child marriage. Here are four ways you can do that:

  • Register wedding list with a percentage of gifts going to VOW
  • Buy special VOW products
  • Donate directly to VOW
  • Share VOW stories across social media

While this initiative has started in the US, anyone can donate to VOW and they plan to expand with corporate partners in Europe and other countries very soon.