Girl Child Marriage - South Asia

Girl Child Marriage - South Asia

UCSD Center on Gender Equity and Health

The UCSD Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) currently has the leading academic scholarship in the world in the area of girl child marriage, which affects more than 60 million girls globally. GEH faculty members at the University of California San Diego have been invited to present their research in this area to the UN General Assembly, the World Health Organization, and USAID, and have served as advisors on these issues for UNICEF and the Elders (founded by Nelson Mandela). This research documents heightened vulnerability to sexual violence and spousal abuse these girls face, as well as the hundreds of thousands infant deaths attributable to girl child marriage, globally. We currently seek donor support to continue work in this area, with an emphasis on building and evaluating programs to stop girl child marriage, particularly in South Asia and West and Central Africa, where the largest numbers of girls remain affected. Epidemiologic research as well as innovative program implementation and evaluation are needed to eliminate girl child marriage and its detrimental maternal and child health consequences. This work will be aligned with broader international movement on this issue that has been led by the Elders, in particular Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has stated that with more targeted support, “We can eliminate girl child marriage globally, in a generation.” 

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