STUDY ON EARLY MARRIAGE,REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS


  
Abstract

  In the gender based program in Mali, NCA’s is focusing on fighting against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Early Marriage (EM) for the following reasons which remain “normal” practices in Mali. The main aim with this study was to collect basic information on early marriages, early pregnancies and reproductive health in the region of Timbuktu. The study shows that a woman gives birth to an average of 7 children; 3 of whom survive and 3 whom dies at an early age. On an average every woman experiences the death of one child at birth. The findings also show high frequency levels of early marriage; Ethnic background, marital status and endogamy are the main defining factors of early marriage in this region. Marital practices based on arranged marriages by parents are dominant and contribute to the practice of early marriage. The reasons for early marriages are usually related to social prestige and the whish for numerous offspring. Finally, early marriage is more common among younger generations (married women aged under 30), than among the older generations (more than 30 years old and specifically more than 50 years old).  

Source
9A Evaluation of study on early marriages reproductive health and human rights Mali 2008.pdf
Author

Ibrahima CISSE, Akory AG IKNANE

Country

GLOBAL

Contact Details

Norwegian Church Aid (KN)

Year Of Publication

2008