New Findings on Child Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa: a Synthesis of Recent Work Conducted by the International Center for Research on Women

by Suzanne Petroni, Mara Steinhaus, Natacha Stevanovic Fenn et al.
Annals of Global Health (2017), 10.1016/j.aogh.2017.09.001

28 pp. 1.0 MB

Despite increasing global attention and commitments by countries to end the harmful practice of child marriage, each year, some 15 million girls marry before the age of 18. The preponderance of the evidence produced historically on child marriage comes from South Asia, where the vast majority of child brides live. Far less attention has been paid to child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa, where prevalence rates remain high. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) recently conducted research in Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia to contribute to greater understanding of the drivers of child marriage in each of these contexts.

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