Addressing child marriage and supporting the needs of married girls requires us to consider the economic and structural drivers, which act as a barrier to ending child marriage. The most vulnerable girls who have no access to a quality education, healthcare or child protection mechanism, are at a much greater risk of child marriage than girls who do. Ending child marriage requires us to review the services available to girls as well as asking how they reinforce one another and how they can be strengthened.
High quality, youth-friendly health services
We support both unmarried and married girls to access high quality, youth-friendly health services to live healthy and safe lives for sexual reproductive health care, which in absence can put them at risk of early pregnancy and contracting HIV and other STIs.
We believe girls need to know about their bodies as well as the types of services and healthcare available to them.
Adequate child protection mechanisms
We also work to ensure child protection services are accessible via a number of channels, including education, healthcare providers, community workers and the police.
We aim to collaborate with service providers to build their capacity to help ensure that cases of child marriage and teenage pregnancy in the community are responded to effectively.
We work to encourage and provide economic empowerment schemes such as microfinance or village savings and loan schemes to help girls to support themselves and their families without having to be married.
We believe that when girls have the opportunity to become financially literate and have the ability to run a business, open and easily access a bank account (without male supervision) can help them save in a secure way and become financially independent.