WOMEN’S REFUGEE COMMISSION: The changing norms of child marriage in conflict

New Research: The changing norms of child marriage in conflictNine of the 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are fragile states. Yet married girls are invisible in humanitarian programming. Decision around child marriage are influenced by concerns about poverty, protection from rape and its stigma, and prevention of pregnancy outside marriage, and from the influence of the host community’s culture – all issues exacerbated by displacement. Rather than solving these problems, child marriage isolates girls from what opportunities exist. This research suggests that when girls have access to education and other programming, and when families have their basic needs met, child marriage can be reduced.