Every year 12 million young girls are forced into marriage. Roughly, that equates to about one girl every three seconds who becomes a child bride.
As a rampant global crisis that shows more signs of gaining momentum rather than slowing, the RDE team has pledged with VOW for girls to help combat this problem because we believe that women’s rights start with girls’ rights.
“VOW for Girls is a growing global movement that partners with brands, individuals, and the wedding industry to end the international child marriage crisis and support girls to live lives they love.”
Founded by Mabel van Oranje, a human rights activist, the idea of VOW for girls came after she attended a wedding where the bride and groom were asking for donations to charity instead of wedding gifts (go bride + groom!) There it dawned on her that the love and hope felt in weddings were beautiful sources of positive energy that could be expanded upon when directed towards helping impactful causes such as that of the child marriage crisis.
And as they say, the rest was history.
Now, VOW for girls helps young women worldwide by giving aid to causes that support the advancement of girls’ rights by giving them access to job training, education, and vital life skills.
Additionally, unlike many organizations, 100% of the funds raised by this organization goes directly to these community-based efforts.
To date, an estimated 260,000 young women have been directly impacted by VOW for girls, with 1.6 million having been indirectly benefited, along with supporting 185+ businesses in which 85% are led by women.
RDE has pledged to join #LoveIsOurBusiness and starting in April 2022, RDE will be donating a portion of the profit to VOW for every new client booking. The donation will cover things from necessary school supplies to an entire year’s cost to attend school for a girl.
However, we believe that in addition to giving a monetary pledge, we’re also pledging to spread the message of these young women in any way that we can. Whether on our social media profiles or with our clients, we’re pledging to remind these young girls and the world that their future is theirs, and they deserve the right to decide where it takes them. And with some VOW for girls beneficiaries already showing interest in becoming doctors, advocates, and even accountants, we can’t wait to see what these young women do as they continue to step into the power of their worth.
“As a company that celebrates love, we support VOW for Girls. Because #LoveIsOurBusiness, we believe every girl should be able to choose love on her own terms and no child should ever be a bride.“
Ending child marriage is something close to the heart of the RDE team, and if you’re feeling drawn to join this fight, VOW for girls has made it incredibly easy for you to do so!
Consider joining the VOW for girls Pro Network! Free to join, this network gives you access to helpful tools and resources that you can use throughout your business to help you advocate for this cause! With website badges, social media assets, and even checklists to provide your clients with to educate them on the cause, you’ll be able to raise awareness without adding much to your to-do list. Get exclusive access to the VOW for girls Pro Network+ by signing up for a $10/mos donation.
With big brands like The Knot and Southern Bride joining the pledge, VOW for girls is equipped to help brands create experiences and custom products that raise support for these young women on broader scales. So if you have an idea or product idea that you think your brand can create to amplify this message, consider taking the pledge and reaching out to this organization!
If you’re a cause-focused couple, consider giving to this impactful organization in place of receiving wedding gifts. It is a great way to make your day more meaningful to you and your loved ones and to girls around the world too!
That means as uncommon as it may feel to do, your friends and family may be more on board for this than you think!
To learn more about this non-profit organization and how you can stand with these young women around the world, visit VOW for girls today!
Learn more about other RDE missions here.