Child Marriage

Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High

IPS News Agency

ICRW's Ann Warner, senior gender and youth specialist, and Lyric Thompson, senior policy manager, give their reactions to commitments made by the UK and US governments in a global effort to end child marriage and female genital mutilation during the first annual Girls Summit.

ICRW's Ann Warner, senior gender and youth specialist, and Lyric Thompson, senior policy manager, give their reactions to commitments made by the UK and US governments in a global effort to end child marriage and female genital mutilation during the first annual Girls Summit.

Understanding the Economic Impacts of Child Marriage

Child marriage violates girls’ basic human rights. When girls are forced to marry, they often drop out of school, may face serious health complications and even death from early pregnancy and childbearing, and are at greater risk of HIV infection and intimate partner violence. And they are often isolated, with limited opportunity to engage socially and to participate in the economic development of their communities.

While there is a growing evidence base documenting the tragic consequences of child marriage, there is a lack of data that sufficiently demonstrates the economic impacts of this harmful practice, including the economic opportunity and financial costs, costs for health care systems, lost education and earnings, lower growth potential, and the perpetuation of poverty.

Through this project, ICRW will collaborate with the World Bank (funded by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) to lead this unique three-year program, which aims to address the economic consequences of child marriage through research, capacity building and advocacy. By establishing the effects that child marriage has on economic outcomes, the project aims to catalyze greater attention to this issue and accelerate progress to end this harmful practice.

The first phase of work will focus largely on the development of a conceptual framework that will guide the research. The project team will then carry out a desk-based review of existing research and evidence on the pathways identified in the conceptual framework. Secondary data analysis will be conducted using large data sets, which include relevant information to develop preliminary estimates of economic costs of child marriage. The desk analyses will then be field-tested through primary data collection and analysis in three countries. The project will include global and national level advocacy components, as well as capacity building for local organizations and governments in the target countries.

Duration: 
July 2014 – June 2017
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Podcast: Child Brides

3 Women 3 Ways

ICRW's Suzanne Petroni spoke to 3 Women 3 Ways about why child marriage occurs around the world and what individuals can do to prevent the practice. 

ICRW's Suzanne Petroni spoke to 3 Women 3 Ways about why child marriage occurs around the world and what individuals can do to prevent the practice. 

Marital Rape Ruling Highlights India’s Problem With Consent

The Daily Beast

ICRW's research, indicating the one in five Indian men admit to forcing their wives into sex, is highlighted in this Daily Beast piece about a recent ruling by a Delhi court, which says that forced marital intercourse is not considered rape.

ICRW's research, indicating the one in five Indian men admit to forcing their wives into sex, is highlighted in this Daily Beast piece about a recent ruling by a Delhi court, which says that forced marital intercourse is not considered rape.

Voice Ethiopia Highlights ICRW Report

Voice Ethiopia

ICRW report shows that a groundbreaking program in Ethiopia working with child brides has significantly improved many aspects of the girl’s lives.

ICRW report shows that a groundbreaking program in Ethiopia working with child brides has significantly improved many aspects of the girl’s lives.

How to End Child Marriage in a Generation

Open Democracy

ICRW's Lyric Thompson and Allison M. Glinski outline how we can work together to end child marriage in a generation using proven solutions that work, including empowering girls with information, support and skills, educating community members, providing economic support to girls and their families, and encouraging supportive laws and policies.

ICRW's Lyric Thompson and Allison M. Glinski outline how we can work together to end child marriage in a generation using proven solutions that work, including empowering girls with information, support and skills, educating community members, providing economic support to girls and their families, and encouraging supportive laws and policies.

Cash Transfers Encourage Girls to Stay in School

The Times of India

The Times of India reports on new research on a cash transfer scheme to keep girls in school and away from the altar from ICRW's Asia Regional Office. The research shows that girls who participated in the program are more likely to stay in school and that parents report a new, deeper understanding of the value of girls. 

The Times of India reports on new research on a cash transfer scheme to keep girls in school and away from the altar from ICRW's Asia Regional Office. The research shows that girls who participated in the program are more likely to stay in school and that parents report a new, deeper understanding of the value of girls. 

Q&A with Suzanne Petroni: Ending Child Marriage

Voice of America

Weeks after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced “child free marriage zones” will be established in Pakistan, ICRW’s Senior Director of Gender, Population, and Development, Suzanne Petroni, speaks to Voice of America about a growing movement inside Pakistan to urge the government to end child marriage.

Weeks after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced “child free marriage zones” will be established in Pakistan, ICRW’s Senior Director of Gender, Population, and Development, Suzanne Petroni, speaks to Voice of America about a growing movement inside Pakistan to urge the government to end child marriage.

What is it like to be a Child Bride?

BBC World Service

A 14-year-old girl in Nigeria has confessed to killing the man she was forced to marry. Ann Warner, ICRW’s Senior Gender and Youth Specialist speaks to BBC’s World Have Your Say on how child marriage affects girls, and discusses programs that are working to eliminate this practice and help change the course for child brides.

 

A 14-year-old girl in Nigeria has confessed to killing the man she was forced to marry. Ann Warner, ICRW’s Senior Gender and Youth Specialist speaks to BBC’s World Have Your Say on how child marriage affects girls, and discusses programs that are working to eliminate this practice and help change the course for child brides.

Improving the Lives of Married, Adolescent Girls in Amhara, Ethiopia

Improving the Lives of Married, Adolescent Girls in Amhara, Ethiopia

Jeffrey Edmeades and Robin Hayes, with Gillian Gaynair
2014

Today, there are nearly 70 million child brides world­wide, with an estimated 142 million more destined for early marriage over the next decade. Child marriage violates girls’ basic human rights and brings their child­hoods to a swift end.
 
This harmful practice is most common in developing nations and is particularly pervasive across South Asia and Africa, where 50 to 70 percent of girls in some countries are wed before age 18. In societies where girls are valued less than boys, marrying girls as young as 10 years old is routinely deemed a smart economic transaction for poor parents, who, upon their daughter’s marriage, will have one less child to support and may receive “bride price” – money or property – from the groom’s family.
 
In Amhara, Ethiopia and elsewhere around the globe, many child brides have little or no have access to reproduc­tive health information or services, and thus endure a slew of health problems that further cripple their ability to grow into healthy, productive women. They are at greater risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. They face complications – and death – as a result of early pregnancy and childbearing. Further, children born to child brides are more likely to experience death, malnutrition, stunting and ongoing health problems than those born to mothers just a few years older.
 
These tragic consequences of child marriage not only impact individual girls’ lives; they also severely under­mine global progress on a variety of goals, including ending poverty, ensuring universal access to education and sexual and reproductive health, and strengthening economies.
 
This report is a summary of ICRW's evaluation of a groundbreaking program implemented by CARE Ethiopia, which sought to mitigate the effects of child marriage.
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