Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings

Synthesis Report on Findings from Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Myanmar

Authored by: Matthew MacFarlane and Janna Metzler

Categories: Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: Child Marriage, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2022
Citation: MacFarlane, Matthew and Janna Metzler. "Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings: Synthesis Report on Findings from Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Myanmar." May 2022.

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Executive Summary

Child marriage affects one in five adolescent girls globally and presents a significant public health concern for girls and their communities in many contexts. Research shows that the negative effects of child marriage range from tolls on the physical and mental health of girls to a reduction in economic opportunities and outcomes for their future children. Adolescents impacted by conflict and other humanitarian emergencies are some of the most vulnerable to this harmful practice, but the extent to which these contexts affect rates and drivers of underage marriage is not known.