Dating services for child people
Interventions targeting fathers, brothers, husbands and future husbands are important in helping men and boys reflect on the status quo and see the benefits of a community which values and supports girls and women to fulfil their potential.
Religious and traditional leaders, too, have the potential to play a key role in speaking out against child marriage and changing community attitudes.
Increasing access to accessible, high quality and safe schooling is a critical strategy in ending child marriage and ensuring married girls have the opportunity to complete their education.
Education builds knowledge, opens new opportunities and can help to shift norms around the value of girls in the community.
Working directly with girls to give them the opportunity to build skills and knowledge, understand and exercise their rights and develop support networks, is an important part of our efforts to end child marriage.
Keeping girls in school is an effective way to prevent girls marrying but it is not enough.Ending child marriage also requires increased, targeted investments from both international donors and governments in high prevalence countries.The funding that is currently available is nowhere near large enough to match the scale of child marriage worldwide.Some of these programmes have economic empowerment components, such as conditional cash transfers, or the provision of a goat or chicken, which have proven successful in increasing the age of marriage.
Supporting young people to be agents of change can be an effective and empowering process in and of itself.Safe space programmes which offer a varied curriculum covering life skills, health and financial literacy can provide girls with an opportunity to build their skills, learn and meet friends and mentors in an informal setting and learn about the services they can access in their community.