(Please Not that Educate Her membership is primarilly for Community-based organisations / grassroot groups, those which are not will be considered as partner members for capacity building of these initiatives.)
By becoming a member of Educate Her, you confirm that you understand and agree to uphold our Mission Statement and our Membership Principles.
Members of Educate Her: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage are committed to ending child marriage, a harmful traditional practice that affects millions of children, predominantly girls, every year. As members of Educate Her, we are joining together to accelerate efforts to prevent child marriage, and to support girls who are or have been married, all over the world.
Educate Her will amplify the voices of girls at risk of child marriage and defend the rights of girls to health, education and the opportunity to fulfil their potential. In line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we believe that 18 should be the minimum age of marriage for boys and girls.
In working to end child marriage, we believe that social change cannot succeed without community engagement. Members of Educate Her will work together to enhance and strengthen efforts to end child marriage at community, local, national and global levels. Specifically, Educate Her aims to:
- Raise awareness of the harmful impact of child marriage by encouraging open, inclusive and informed discussion at the community, local, national and international level;
- Facilitate learning and coordination between organisations working to end child marriage; and
- Mobilise all necessary policy, financial and other support to end child marriage.
We will be more effective in achieving our objectives by working together than by working alone.
By becoming a member of Educate Her, you agree to:
- Actively contribute to the efforts of Educate Her to end child marriage worldwide, recognising that ending child marriage requires community engagement and action and that global and national efforts should ultimately support local change;
- Positively and constructively engage with other members, as well as governments and other relevant actors at a local, national and global level;
- Include girls’ and young people’s voices and representation in working to end child marriage;
- Work towards ensuring that no child marries before the age of 18, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
- Commit to transparency, accountability and good governance in our work to end child marriage;
- Commit to uphold Article 2.3 of Educate Her Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct: ‘Educate Her members are required to abide by the Educate Her Code of Conduct (Annex 1) and shall declare whether they have their own child safeguarding policy in place at the time of joining Educate Her. In case of absence of such policy, members will be required to sign their commitment to the Educate Her Safeguarding Code of Conduct.
By becoming a member of Educate Her, you confirm that you understand and agree to uphold our Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.
Child Safeguarding Policy
The Educate Her Child Safeguarding Policy sets a standard for Educate Her staff, members, trustees, interns, freelancers, agency workers, volunteers and other partners in order to safeguard children with whom Educate Her has direct or indirect contact. Read the full Child Safeguarding Policy.
Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct provides guidance on appropriate and expected standards of behaviour of adults towards children. It has been designed to give all who work with Educate Her the confidence to carry out their roles and to ensure that positive relationships are developed. This is not an exhaustive list and should be interpreted in a spirit of common sense. Everyone should avoid actions or behaviour which may constitute poor practice or potentially abusive behaviour towards children, and should ensure that a culture of openness exists empowering children.
When working with children you must ALWAYS:
- Avoid working alone and spending excessive time with a child and be aware of situations which may present risks. You should plan your work so that, at least, two adults are present at any time and avoid taking children to your home or go to their home, especially, where they may be alone with you. If working alone is unavoidable, you should move to an area where you and the child can both be seen by other colleagues or other adults.
- Avoid inappropriate physical contact with a child. If a child is hurt or distressed, comfort or reassure him/her without compromising his/her dignity or doing anything to discredit your own behaviour.
- Behave appropriately, ensure that language is moderated in their presence and refrain from adult jokes or comments which are clearly unsuitable.
- Pay attention to what the children are saying, and respond/report appropriately.
- Plan activities in advance to ensure they take into account the age range, gender and needs and ability of all participants.
- Be familiar with the procedure for reporting at Educate Her or the partner organisation and immediately report any concerns related to the child’s welfare to the Designated Person.
- Maintain confidentiality.
When working with children you must NEVER:
- Hit or otherwise physically assault/them or act in ways that may be abusive or may place the child at risk of abuse.
- Develop physical/sexual relationships with them, behave in a manner which is inappropriate or sexually provocative, or develop relationships which could in any way be deemed exploitative or abusive.
- Use language, make suggestions or offer advice which is inappropriate, offensive or abusive.
- Have a child with whom you are working to stay overnight at your home unsupervised.
Condone, or participate in, behaviour of a child which is illegal, unsafe or abusive.
- Act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children, or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse, discriminate against, show differential treatment, or favour particular children to the exclusion of others.
- Allow allegations made by a child or concerns about their welfare go unrecorded or not acted upon.
Educate Her is an open global partnership welcoming a wide variety of civil society organisations to join the global movement to end child marriage.
Educate Her is not responsible for the positions, statements, actions and activities of its members. A member organisation, or the work of a member organisation, does not automatically carry endorsement of the global secretariat or the Partnership as a whole.
Educate Her reserves the right to suspend or terminate an organisation’s membership.
- If a member decides to terminate membership with Educate Her, it should give the Educate Her secretariat 30 days’ notice and provide written notification approved by the head of organisation.
- Termination can also be initiated by the Educate Her secretariat. Written notification from the secretariat will be sent to the member organisation, stating the grounds for termination.
Possible grounds for termination of membership include (but are not limited to):
- Actions by member organisation which may obstruct the work of the Partnership or pose a threat to the reputation and integrity of Educate Her through its affiliation with the Partnership, including the inappropriate use of Educate Her name and logo.
- Fraudulent / illegal activities.
- The organisation no longer fulfils the Criteria for Membership, as outlined in the screening survey.
- Member inactivity for a period of 6 months (excepting mitigating circumstances).