Why ending child marriage is crucial for development

Ending child marriage delays first birth, reduces maternal deaths and gives girls a better chance in life.

Maria Eitel is CEO and president of the Nike Foundation. Mabel van Oranje is senior adviser to The Elders, chairs the Advisor Committee of Girls Not Brides and is co-chair of The European Council on Foreign Relations. Their work together led to the forming of Girls Not Brides - a global partnership focused on ending child marriage.