Addressing child marriage in marginalised refugee communities
Case study highlighting the importance of mobilising families and communities to end child marriage in marginalised communities in Lebanon, particularly those in refugee camps.
This case study examines the complexity of addressing gender inequality and harmful social norms with communities facing severe economic challenges, highlights successful approaches, and shares key insights provided by Girls Not Brides member organisation Naba’a.
Successful approaches include building girls’ agency through life skills, education and vocational trainings; mobilising communities to build a safe environment for girls; and providing services tailored to the specific needs of adolescent girls.
These interventions have been successful thanks to strong relationships between Naba’a and families, communities, religious leaders and municipal officials.
This case study should inspire others and contribute to debate and learning between Girls Not Brides member organisations.
It also highlights the need for increased funding for civil society organisations to raise awareness and provide educational services to complement life skills and gender-based violence prevention interventions and ensure every girl can stay in school and avoid child marriage.