The Child Marriage Research to Action Network (the CRANK) held its final quarterly research meeting of the year on 2 December to discuss "Challenging gender norms to end child marriage". The meeting was held in English, with simultaneous translation in French and Spanish.
Child marriage is driven by gender inequality, poverty, girls’ lack of access to quality education and limited female labour opportunities. Underpinning these structural socio-economic, and cultural drivers are the gender norms that can severely restrict girls’ choices, agency and opportunities, putting them at risk of child marriage.
Successfully addressing child marriage means transforming gender norms across different levels: individual, family, community and institutional. We need strategies and interventions that foster critical awareness of gender roles and norms in families and in communities, alongside those that address the structural drivers.
Putting in place gender equitable policies that open alternatives to child marriage for girls and women will advance their status and opportunities in society, accelerating sustainable progress on child marriage.
The CRANK’s fourth research meeting was a space to:
- Discuss evidence from the three presentations.
- Discuss learnings and insights from meeting participants on promising approaches and strategies to address the structural gender inequalities and norms that limit girls’ choices and accelerate child marriage.
- Share research updates from researchers and practitioners working on child marriage.
The moderator and speakers were:
- Ben Cislaghi, Associate Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicide as moderator.
- Esther Miedema and Nicky Pouw, University of Amsterdam – “Taking choice seriously: Emic understandings of decision-making about child marriage” and “Her choice impact evaluation report”.
- Prof. Arvind Singhal, The University of Texas – “The role of educational entertainment in transforming gender roles and addressing child marriage”.
- Ami Sengupta, Independent Communication and Development Consultant, Maputo and Tania Sultana, Communication for Development Specialist, UNICEF Bangladesh – “Enabling gender norm change through communication”.
- Session recording (English)
- Grabación de la sesión (español)
- 5 minutes on gender norms (PPTX, 14.4MB)
- Child marriage, structural drivers and alternatives (PPTX, 1.5MB)
- Enabling gender norm change through communications: a case study of a trans-media entertainment-education initiative in Bangladesh (PPTX, 21.8MB)
- CRANK Agenda research meeting 2 December 2021 (PDF, 198.0kB)
- CRANK ordre du jour séance de recherche 2 décembre (PDF, 269.0kB)
- CRANK Agenda reunión de investigación 2 diciembre (Español) (PDF, 208.4kB)
Recording, presentations, and agenda / Enregistrement, présentations et ordre du jour / Grabación, presentaciones y agenda
- Challenging gender norms - CRANK meeting key takeaways (English) (PDF, 284.8kB)
- Desafiar la normas de género - Principales aportaciones de la reunión de investigación (español) (PDF, 348.4kB)
- Mettre en question les normes de genre - Points à retenir (Français) (PDF, 355.0kB)
- Governing choice and child marriage: Young women, marriage and development aid programmes