"If child marriage would be eliminated by 2030 worldwide, we would see 500 billion dollars in welfare gain alone!" 
Article by SISWP President 2018-2020, Anusha Santhirasthipam.

Girls not brides Global Meeting KL June 2018 sml

"If child marriage would be eliminated by 2030 worldwide, we would see 500 billion dollars in welfare gain alone!" A critical sharing of tangible research evidence at the session "At what cost? Economic impact of child marriage for advocacy" at the Girls Not Brides Global Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (25-27 June).

Soroptimist International is a member of the coalition of organisations that partner with Girls Not Brides, to be leading advocates globally.

I had purposeful discussions with HRH Princess Mabel van Oranje, Founder & Board Chair of GirlsNotBrides.org. We identified areas for collaboration, sharing of information and statistical data, mutual support on resource materials, networking and training toolkits for Soroptimist clubs to carry out public awareness, advocacy campaigns and community transformation programmes to make sure that every girl child is able to reach her full potential.

We discussed targets for our member countries in Asia and the Pacific area. It is shocking that despite modernisation and advances in education and healthcare, every day tens of thousands of girls face disruption and barriers to education, sexual rights and reproductive healthcare rights (SRHR), experience emotional and psychological trauma because of forced marriages / child marriages.

Princess Mabel van Oranje has agreed to be a Keynote Speaker at SI Convention 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. SI clubs are in for a high impact and engaging presentation.

Anusha Santhirasthipam
Federation President