Girls 14 and younger at risk


  
Abstract

This brief focuses on the betrothal and marriage of girls ages 14 and younger, who are especially vulnerable to violations of their health and rights, and considers such marriages forced because girls this young rarely have the legal capacity or the personal agency to disobey their elders or to give or withhold their consent. While some marriages of adolescents ages 15 and over occur against their will, thus violating their rights, others are initiated by young people themselves or with their consent. Understanding child marriage requires an understanding of the causes, meanings, and consequences of these marriages, and the degree of coercion or choice involved (Extract).

Source
http://www.iwhc.org/storage/iwhc/documents/1-_child_marriage_new_links.pdf
Author

IWCH

Country

GLOBAL

Contact Details

International Women’s Health Coalition 333 7th Ave., 6th Floor New York, NY 10001 212.979.8500 communications@iwhc.org

Year Of Publication

2008