Preventing Early Marriage

Early marriage often occurs in poor, rural communities. In many regions, parents arrange their daughter’s marriage unbeknownst to the girl. The incidence of early marriage has trickle-down affects onto the well-being of girls throughout their lives. Girls who marry as children are often more susceptible to the health risks associated with early sexual initiation and childbearing, including HIV and obstetric fistula. Lacking status and power, these girls are often subjected to domestic violence, sexual abuse and social isolation. And early marriage almost always deprives girls of their education or meaningful work, which contributes to persistent poverty.This section addresses the impact of early marriage on VYAs, especially in conern to SRH.

This section contains resources pertaining to General and Advocacy along with Program Implementation and Research concerning early marriage and its impact on VYA health, especially SRH.