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The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage – what do the final publications tell us, and how can you use the data for advocacy?

30th October 2018


A landmark study by published by the World Bank and International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in 2017 found that child marriage is costing the world trillions of dollars, with the biggest global economic costs related to fertility and population growth, child health and nutrition, and education and earnings. In September this year, ICRW launched a final round of publications which take a deeper dive into some of the issues associated with child marriage: mental health, reproductive coercion and food security.

What do these new findings tell us, and how can you use the economic impacts of child marriage data in your work? To answer these questions, we are hosting a webinar on Tuesday 30 October 9am – 10am EST/ 1PM – 2PM GMT to hear directly from the ICRW and the researchers themselves:

Ted Rizzo

Ted is a Program Associate at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where he works in the Global Health, Youth and Development portfolio as well as on the ICRW Advisors team. At ICRW, Ted has supported work on child marriage, sexual and reproductive health and gender equality in the workplace, and was involved in the work on reproductive coercion in Nepal Economic Impacts of Child Marriage project. Prior to joining ICRW he was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where he worked on girls’ education, sexual harassment, environmental education and asset based positive youth development.

Mara Steinhaus

Mara Steinhaus is a Research and Evaluation Specialist with experience collecting, analysing, and disseminating qualitative and quantitative data on a wide range of issues that impact women and girls. Most frequently, she focuses on adolescence, child marriage, economic empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. On the Economic Impacts of Child Marriage project, Mara worked with the teams analysing quantitative data from nationally-representative studies in Niger and Ethiopia.

Rachel Clement

Rachel Clement is a Policy Advocate at ICRW. Rachel leads the portfolio’s implementation of advocacy strategies around adolescent girls and ending child marriage. She is a co-chair for Girls Not Brides USA, the U.S. partnership of Girls Not Brides, and is also a co-chair of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls. Rachel co-authored a chapter in the 2016 United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) The State of World Population report on challenges facing girls in early adolescence and has written for The Hill, Ms. Magazine, Girls Globe and ICRW’s Gender Lens blog.

The webinar will be moderated by Suzanne Petroni, Principal and Owner of Gender Equality Solutions, and former Senior Director of Youth, Health and Development at ICRW.

Register for this webinar.

The final round of publications that will be discussed in this webinar are: