Tipping Point Learning: Sneak Peak

Learning From The Tipping Point: Sneak Peek

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It’s July, 2014. What Has Tipping Point Learned So Far?

Child Grooms: Several communities in our working areas of Nepal arrange and celebrate marriages between children aged as young as 4. Brides and grooms might not see each other again until they near puberty, when they are expected to begin marital life. Boys, too, are denied the choice of if, when, and who to marry. In coming months, we will explore the impact on boys.

It’s More Than Dowry: Dowry—a payment from the bride’s family to the groom’s family—can be complicated.  It is not always a single transaction; and sometimes it is complemented by gifts from the grooms’ family to the bride’s family. Most communities tell us that the dowry system makes people marry their daughters young, because grooms’ families want young brides who are easier to control and thus they demand a lower dowry. Yet some communities tell us that dowry delays a girl’s marriage because the girl must work to earn and contribute to her own dowry savings. In coming months, we will examine what accounts for these different perceptions.

Child Marriage as Child Protection: Parents and religious leaders tell us that one reason for marrying girls young is to prevent premarital sexual activity and/or sexual violence against girls. Either event can result in the girl being ostracized. In the local context, parents believe they are doing the best for their daughters by arranging a marriage young. In Tipping Point, we are exploring how ideas about sexuality can be transformed to support delaying marriage.

Stay tuned for more results from Tipping Point.