The global child marriage situation
But for just as many young girls in several countries, the same event marks the early end of an already short childhood. Every year 15 million girls under the age of 18 years marry by force because of cultural and economic reasons. 15 million girls for whom “wedding day” won’t rhyme with “happily ever after” but with shattered hopes and the robbed chance to finish their education and improve the life of their family and their own.
The UN has set the goal to end child marriage worldwide by the year 2030 and luckily there are charities that support that cause.
What does Brides Do Good do?
Brides do Good has got all your wedding gown needs sorted. It offers the bride-to-be an amazing selection of gorgeous designer dresses at reduced prices. And the most important thing: they donate up to two-thirds of their sales to charities working to end child marriage!
The social enterprise is supporting an eight- communities-wide Plan International programme in the Asyut region of Egypt. A £563 donation to this initiative from just one dress purchase pays for a year of home visits to families with girls at risk of child marriage.
A recent $3,500 donation to Too Young to Wed (TYTW) will allow the Samburu Girls Foundation to sponsor 30 girls returning to school. These teenagers previously attended literacy and photography workshops organised by the American charity, where they gained key community leadership skills.
How can a bride like me help as I plan my wedding?
By buying your dress with Brides do Good you are supporting programmes keeping girls in education, informing communities of the dangers of child marriage and helping child brides recover from their trauma.
Thanks to Brides do Good’s fully transparent model, you’ll know exactly how the funds donated from your life-changing purchase are invested to end child marriage.
Best of all, their curated collection of gorgeous dresses is available up to 70% off. Think vintage Valentino for £350, Maggie Sottero for £980 and Amsale for £1,500. Other designers stocked include Monique Lhuillier, Elie Saab, Ian Stuart and Vera Wang. It’s the bridal couturiers list dreams are made of.
Spontaneous brides-to-be will love how easy it is to shop the collection 24/7, with ready- to-wear frocks delivered the next day to most European countries. You could even get your dresses delivered straight to your wedding venue in Italy or wedding location in Germany free of charge. Talk about making the bride’s life easy!
And because Brides do Good is a true chain of love, after your big day you can contact them to resell or donate your gown, so another bride can buy it and additional funds can go to end child marriage.
You can change a young girl’s life for the better – with one dress that you will wear for your wedding ceremony or vow renewal.