Nepal: In collaboration with the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, the NGO SOLID conducted training workshops for the media about effective reporting on child marriage. Although child marriage is illegal in Nepal, it is a deeply embedded tradition and continues today, with more than 50% of girls married before they reach age 18. The workshop helped media professionals understand their role in addressing child marriage as well as reporting on the negative consequences for girls. The workshop provided an opportunity for relationship-building between the media and NGOs working on forced marriage. Read the workshop report.
USA: The U.S. Department of State has developed flyers that discuss marriage laws, cultural context, and resources available to prevent forced marriage in some of the countries where US citizens are most likely to be taken and forced into a marriage. Information is available for the following countries:
United Kingdom: The UK Forced Marriage Unit has leaflets, info cards, a handbook for survivors and posters available for download in English, Arabic, Bengali, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Punjabi, Somali, Kiswahili, and Urdu.
The Community Action for Girls’ Education project in Benin targeted communities to change attitudes about child marriage. The project conducted community sensitization programs to raise awareness among parents, teachers, and local authorities about the importance of girls’ education and the harmful consequences of child marriage.
Communities then established local monitoring committees to ensure that girls remained in school and did not marry. A project evaluation found that school enrollment rates for girls increased by 67 percent from 2000 to 2004, while dropout rates decreased from 36 percent to about 11 percent.
From: Population Reference Bureau, Who Speaks for Me? Ending Child Marriage, 2011, p. 4.
Women for Change in Zambia uses grassroots, human rights education to conduct community dialogues on traditional norms and practices in rural communities. The group established a Traditional Leaders Programme that works with chiefs and village heads to re-examine and abolish customs that discriminate against women including early marriage. Using local trainings, community dialogues, regional SADC trainings for traditional elders, and international exchanges between traditional leaders in Zambia and Tanzania the program has seen important impacts, such as the annulments of forced and child marriages by chiefs, as well as the appointment of women village headpersons.
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