Fragile States, Fragile Lives

Child Marriage Amid Disaster and Conflict

Authored by: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Categories: Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DRRR), Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2014
Citation: Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach. Fragile States, Fragile Lives: Child Marriage Amid Disaster and Conflict. Washington, DC: Council on Foreign Relations, 2014.

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Executive Summary

Child marriage does not cause fragile states, but it does reinforce poverty, limit girls’ education, stymie economic progress, and contribute to regional instability. But there is a wide gap in data that assesses the degree to which fragile contexts perpetuate child marriage, resulting in a gap in informed intervention. Closing this gap will help produce more effective and targeted interventions to assist the youngest and most at-risk members of communities in crisis, and improve the future prospects of all members of the next generation in some of the most challenging corners of the world.