Child Marriage in Humanitarian Crises: Girls and Parents Speak Out on Risk and Protective Factors, Decision-Making, and Solutions.
Freccero, Julie. Taylor, Audrey.
University of California, Berkeley. Human Rights Center. Save the Children Fund (Great Britain) Plan International UK. King Hussein Foundation. Information and Research Center.
International Resource Technical Report
v, 72 p.
Published: May 2021
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
Child marriage is a well-recognized global phenomenon, which may disproportionately impact girls in humanitarian crisis and displacement, such as armed conflict or nature disaster. The consequences of such marriages are dire. We know that girls who are married young in humanitarian contexts face poorer educational outcomes, serious physical and sexual violence, poor mental and physical health outcomes, and complications or even death in childbirth. Most importantly, it is a violation of girls’ full rights as children. Research to better understand child marriage in settings of crisis has only recently begun to gain traction. Yet, in spite of the recent progress that has been made, there are still significant gaps in the existing literature for practitioners seeking to develop evidence-based programming. In order to address these gaps, the Human Rights Center (HRC), Save the Children, and Plan International partnered on a long-term research initiative to strengthen child marriage prevention and response in humanitarian settings. This qualitative study, the second phase of the three-phase initiative, sought to better understand the risk and protective factors, decision-making processes, service and support needs of girls and their caregivers that contribute to vulnerability to child marriage, and community perspectives on on solutions for addressing and responding to child marriage in humanitarian settings. (Author abstract)
MARRIAGE; FAMILY VIOLENCE; SPOUSE ABUSE; CHILD ABUSE; DISASTER RESPONSE; CONFLICTS; SOCIAL PROBLEMS; REFUGEES; CHILD PROTECTION; CHILDRENS RIGHTS