Mabel van Oranje
Founder, "VOW To End Child Marriage"
Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau is a prominent human rights activist, widely known for her roles in co-founding War Child Netherlands, the European Council on Foreign Relations, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and for having served as the first Chief Executive Officer of The Elders, a grouping founded by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Kofi Annan. In 2005, the World Economic Forum recognised her as a Young Global Leader. Van Oranje is an advisor to several non-profits, including the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Malala Fund, Crisis Action and the Open Society Foundations.
Having worked on ending child marriage for the last decade, Mabel van Oranje recently founded "VOW To End Child Marriage". This innovative initiative mobilises the multi-billion wedding sector (couples, companies, local vendors, and the wider public) to generate financial support for grassroots efforts to end child marriage. The initiative's pitch is simple: When a couple says "I do", they can help a girl elsewhere in the world to say "I don’t" or "not yet".