Early Marriage: Child Spouses

Innocenti Digest 7

Early Marriage: Child Spouses
  • Format
  • Publisher
    • IRC
  • Date of Publication
    • 2001
  • Pages
    • 28
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 254U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English
  • Other languages


This Digest focuses on early marriage - the marriage of children and young people under the age of 18 - from a human rights perspective. Research into early marriage has tended to concentrate on its impact on reproductive health, school drop-out and rising population figures, and there has been little examination of the practice as a human rights violation in itself. The Digest examines the scale of early marriage, its context, causes and its impact on every aspect of the lives of those affected - particularly young girls - and on wider society. It outlines strategies to help those who have been married at an early age, and for the prevention of early marriage through education, advocacy and alliance-building. The Digest concludes with a call for more rights-based research on an issue that has far-reaching consequences.


Thematic area

Gender Issues   / 


child exploitation   /  children's rights   /  children's rights violation   /  early marriage   /  education   /  gender discrimination   /  gender issues   /  health   /  human rights violation   /  violence against women   /