Child Marriage in Nepal


  Child marriage is a global problem which affects millions across the world but especially girls in South Asia. Until this study was conducted, there was no up-to-date, national level information or data on child marriage. The main aim of the study was to understand the embedded reasons for child marriage. A mixed quantitative and qualitative methodology was followed to conduct the research and analysis. A total of 649 households from 15 districts and 95 males and 334 females who married young were surveyed. In addition, 31 FGDs and 25 KIIs were conducted. The results suggested that the about half of women aged 20-24 were in union before the legal age at marriage and child marriage is more common in the Janajati and the Dalit. The major causes of child marriage included family pressure, children’s own desire and need for support in carrying out household chores.


Plan Nepal, Save the Children, World Vision International Nepal



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