The law and child marriage

Progressive legal frameworks are one element of a comprehensive response to address child marriage, as reflected within the Girls Not Brides Theory of Change. Any legal change to address child marriage has to be accompanied by a comprehensive approach supported by laws, policies and programmes that put the autonomy and the rights of girls at the centre.

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