Addressing Child Marriage in Nepal through Behavior Change Communication and Social Mobilization

Source
CARE
Date of Publication
2015

The goal of the Chunauti (which means “challenge” in Nepali) project, which was supported by USAID and implemented by CARE, was to decrease the harmful practices of child marriage and gender-based violence in three districts of Nepal - Dhanusha, Mahottari, and Rupandehi - and strengthen the enabling environment at the national and district levels to combat child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence through behavior change communication and social mobilization in Nepal.

The Chunauti project had three specific objectives for achieving its overarching goal:
1. Transform community norms underpinning child marriage through peer educators, formal and non-formal leaders, community-based organizations, the school system, and a widespread behavior change communication campaign
2. Scale-up promising practices
3. Advocate for the establishment and enforcement of laws and policies that address child marriage and other forms of GBV