Keeping girls in school is one of the best ways of preventing child marriage. At the same time, child marriage remains a significant barrier to girls’ access to quality education. Whatever the reason for a girl dropping out of school, once married it is often very difficult for her to return. In this brief, we explore the key facts, two-way impacts, common drivers and solutions on education and child marriage.
Child marriage is a human rights violation. Its drivers are complex and vary according to the context. They include gender inequality, poverty, social norms that discriminate against girls, customary or religious laws that condone the practice, and an inadequate legislative framework and/or civil registration system. The relationship between child marriage and girls’ education works both ways, and decisions around them are complex and influenced by a variety of factors. For example, a girl may drop out of school for an unrelated reason and then find marriage is one of the only options open to her; or the decision for her to get married may force her to drop out of school.
Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage would like to thank the member organisations featured in this brief, and the Global Partnership for Education for their technical review of this brief.