Ahead of the International Day of the Girl on 11 October, CARE International warns that an increasing number of Syrian refugee parents are arranging marriages for their daughters due to economic hardship and concerns about the security and protection of their daughters in an unknown environment.
The consequences of early marriage on young girls are well known, but millions of underage boys are also married off each year—and there is little research on their fates. Across the globe, millions of boys and girls are betrothed so young they spend the majority of their adolescence already married.
4 page brief that describes the first year of CARE's child marriage prevention programming in Bangladesh and Nepal, including our focus on underlying causes of marriage.
These questions came out of lengthy discussions with project teams in Bangladesh and Nepal. As a learning project, Tipping Point staff and community groups will intentionally explore these questions in the course of our work with communities and networks.
1. How can community mobilization strategies be applied to change community norms related to child marriage and its root causes?
Child marriage, which is defined as marriage before the age of 18 but often impacts girls not yet in their teens, has been regarded as a tradition in many cultures. Families may view it as a way to escape extreme poverty or a method to ensure security for their daughters (as strange as that may sound in this instance) in the perceived absence of other options. The reality is, child marriage happens to girls because they lack support to make another choice. For them, there is no other choice.
As Girl Summit commences in London, CARE details plan to turn tide against child marriage in parts of Nepal and Bangladesh, help communities reach a “Tipping Point” of lasting change
LONDON — The world can end child marriage in a generation, according to CARE experts addressing the Girl Summit in London today, but only if those vowing to stop the practice truly tackle the underlying forces driving girls and boys into child marriage across the globe.
CARE's policy recommendations to global governments and civil society organizations on how to end child marriage, prepared for the 2014 Girl Summit.
CHILD MARRIAGE: Complicated Problem, Simple Solution Value Girls. This two page brief dicusses CARE's approach to ending child marriage by addressing underlying causes and working with communities to value girls.