The Child Marriage Research to Action Network (the CRANK) held its first research meeting of 2022 to discuss the links between girls’ sexuality and child marriage. The meeting was held in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation in English, French and Spanish.
Patriarchal norms aim to control and even exploit girls’ sexuality by limiting their autonomy and choices around sexuality, relationships, marriage and childbearing. These norms operate on multiple levels – societal, community, individual and interpersonal – restrict girls’ rights and opportunities, and drive child marriage.
To improve girls’ lives and support girls at risk of child marriage we must engage with and focus more on sexuality. The evidence shows that considering sexuality and the sexuality-related drivers of child marriage is key to addressing the practice. Sexuality must be incorporated into programmes, advocacy and policy work to increase girls’ autonomy and gender equality, and prevent child marriage.
This CRANK research meeting was a space to:
- Discuss evidence from new publications on the links between girls’ sexuality and child marriage, and the implications for policy and practice
- Gain insight into the forthcoming Sexuality Working Groups’ conceptual framework on sexuality and child, early and forced marriage and unions
The moderators and speakers were:
- Eugenia Lopez Uribe, Regional Director of the Americas and Caribbean, International Planned Parenthood Federation as moderator.
- Diana Pacheco-Montoya, University of Berkley - Gender norms, control over girls' sexuality and child marriage: A Honduran case study
- Priya Nanda, Gates Foundation - Education, sexuality, and marriageability: Overlapping tropes in the lives of adolescent girls in Haryana, India
- Emmily Naphambo, University of Cape Town - A vexing relationship between chiefship and girls’ sexuality: Insights from rural Malawi
We also heard from Margaret E. Greene, Priya Das and other contributors of Shared roots, different branches: Expanding understanding of child marriage in diverse settings, and from Sarah Green and Anne Sprinkel from the Sexuality Working Group on the Child, early and forced marriage and unions and girls’ sexuality conceptual framework.
- Session recording (Englihs)
- Enregistrement de la séance (français)
- Grabación de la sesión (español)
- Gender Norms, Control Over Girls’ Sexuality, and Child Marriage: A Honduran Case Study
- Overlapping Tropes of Marriage, Education and Sexuality in Lives of Girls in Haryana India
- A vexing relationship between chiefship and girls' sexuality.
- CRANK research meeting agenda 30 March (DOCX, 104.2kB)
Recording, presentations, and agenda / Enregistrement, présentations et ordre du jour / Grabación, presentaciones y agenda
- Girls sexuality and child marriage - CRANK meeting takeaways (PDF, 322.7kB)
- Sexualidad de niñas y adolescentes y los MUITF - Puntos clave de la reunión CRANK (PDF, 308.5kB)
- La sexualité des filles et le mariage des enfants - Points à retenir de la réunion CRANK (PDF, 350.1kB)