“Safe Age of Marriage” in Yemen: Fostering Change in Social Norms

This paper describes how the Extending Service Delivery (ESD) Project, in partnership with the Basic Health Services (BHS) Project in Yemen and the Yemeni Women’s Union (YWU) implemented the “Safe Age of Marriage” program as part of Yemen’s national effort to reduce maternal and neonatal mortalities. The program has aimed to end child marriage, marriage before age of 18, and improve the poor health and social outcomes of young girls by changing entrenched social/gender norms about the value of the girl child and the importance of girls’ education.

The Extending Service Delivery Project