Children on the Edge supports a number of programmes that focus on ending child marriage. We are also part of a network called ‘Girls Not Brides’ and would like to encourage our supporters to join in their latest campaign, entitled #MyLifeAt15. This is the global campaign calling on governments to implement the new global target to end child marriage by 2030.
What is it about?
A girl born in the year 2000, who is now 15, has never known a world that was not fighting to end poverty thanks to the Millennium Development Goals — but these goals didn’t adequately address girls and their needs. Last weekend countries gathered at the UN to approve the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the world-wide action plan to solve some of our biggest problems by 2030 and, this time, ending child marriage is in their plans (target 5.3).
With the launch of the Global Goals, now that same girl as a teenager can be part of the fight against inequality and injustice, and the movement to end child marriage by 2030.
#MyLifeAt15 is happening from the 1st -12th October, mainly in the run up to the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC). The campaign celebrates the dreams and ambitions we held at the age of 15, in support of every girl today having the opportunity to achieve hers, without child marriage holding her back.
How to take action
This campaign is a great opportunity to show your government and international leaders that there is real demand for action to end child marriage. This is how you can take part:
- Post a picture of yourself on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and describe what your ambitions and dreams were for the future when you were 15 years old. Tag Children on the Edge and use the hashtags #MyLifeAt15 and #EndChildMarriage.
- Share a picture of yourself at age 15 with your #MyLifeAt15 description and tags.
- Camera shy? Just share a photo of the #MyLIfeAt15 sign, write on it if you like.
- This campaign is launching on the 1st October and is using ‘Throwback Thursday’ or #TBT, a popular online hashtag for sharing content from the past, to kick off the photo drive. This is especially good for photos of yourself at 15. When you share your first #MyLifeAt15 photo on Thursday October 1st or 8th October, be sure to tag your photos with #TBT and #EndChildMarriage to reach broader audiences.
Do another post on International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) on 11th October. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030”, which focuses on the importance of investing in adolescent girls’ empowerment and rights, placing them at the centre of sustainable development.
Find out more about the campaign and download a toolkit, this includes actions you can take if you aren't fond of social media!
Find out about how we are working to prevent child marriage in Bangladesh.