Project profile — Girls Not Brides - Institutional Support 2020-2023


Girls Not Brides
2020-03-31 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• South of Sahara, regional (55.00%)
• West Indies, regional (5.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (5.00%)
• Middle East, regional (10.00%)
• Asia, regional (25.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This grant represents Canada’s institutional support to Girls Not Brides. Girls Not Brides uses these funds, along with other donor’s funding to achieve its mandate of ending child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of 1,600 civil society organizations in 100 countries. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, and are united by a commitment to end child marriage and enable girls to reach their full potential. Project activities include: (1) raising awareness of the harmful impact of child marriage by encouraging open, inclusive and informed discussion at the community, local, national and international level; (2) facilitating learning and coordination among organizations working to end child marriage; and (3) mobilizing all necessary policy, financial and other support to end child marriage.

Expected results 

The expected outcome for this project include: (1) governments take action to end child marriage and address the needs of married girls in their countries, with the active participation of civil society and other stakeholders; (2) the global community champions and supports efforts to end child marriage; (3) efforts to engage communities, families and girls are supported and highlighted; (4) more sustainable funding for effective approaches is available from a diverse range of sources, particularly for grassroots organizations; (5) efforts to end child marriage are informed by evidence and lessons learned; and (6) the partnership continues to collaborate, diversify and strengthen.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2020 include: (1) Girls Not Brides facilitated 90 shared learning and capacity-strengthening sessions. These include online, in-person working groups, trainings, webinars and peer-to-peer learning; (2) Girls Not Brides collaborated with Jóvenas Latidas, a collective of youth activists based in Latin America and the Caribbean, to launch their campaign on the impact of Covid-19 on gender equality, specifically on increasing gender-based violence, including child marriage – and adolescent girls’ and young women’s rights. This campaign reached 195,000 people; (3) Girls Not Brides, in collaboration with UNICEF, supported their Rajasthan team to host a workshop for 27 young people on gender, sexuality and discrimination. The workshop encouraged youth workers to use storytelling to share their life experiences and communicate with other young people; and (4) Girls Not Brides ran a campaign with More Than Brides Alliance on the link between COVID-19 and child marriage, resulting in a call to action highlighting key recommendations for governments, signed by 97 civil society organizations and promoted at a UN High-Level Political Forum event. Girls Not Brides also ran a campaign with a coalition of New York advocacy organizations on gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies. This resulted in a joint advocacy letter to make GBV prevention and response a specific objective of the COVID-19 global appeal. This letter is signed by555 organizations, partnerships, international organizations and governments . In total, 13 joint advocacy and campaigning initiatives took place in 2020.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral, core contributions to NGOs and other private bodies / PPPs
Type of aid Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes
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