24 July, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ten percent of girls in Nepal get married before they turn 15, and 37% before they turn 18, meaning that Nepal has the third highest incidence of child marriage in South Asia. Consequences of early marriage for girls are well known and can be summarised by stating that it disrupts their educational aspirations and thus their chances chances of becoming economically self-sufficient, diminishes their autonomy to make decisions about their own body and reproductive health, and increases their vulnerability to gender and domestic violence. Together, all these fuel the cycle of poverty and perpetuate gender discrimination; violence and the power imbalance between genders. Between 2015 and 2018 Restless Development Nepal, one of PACE’s international partners, delivered a program to address the issue of early marriage in the country, and Maria Amigo, a PACE academic, was contracted as a consultant to evaluate the program. This presentation will provide an overview of the results of the evaluation and suggest how projects such as this one can be leveraged to provide research opportunities for PACE academics, further realising PACE’s principle of mutual benefit.
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