-Early Marriage

This brief is intended for development partners, including government and civil society actors. It provides recommendations and resources for responding to the needs of adolescent girls during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period, including those at risk of early marriage and those who are already married and in informal unions.

Le contrôle et la réglementation de la sexualité, en particulier celle des adolescentes, constituent une manifestation criante et souvent négligée des inégalités de genre et existent à travers différents contextes culturels et communautés du monde. Chez les adolescentes, les restrictions en matière de sexualité sont exacerbées par les fortes inégalités liées à leur âge et à leur genre.
Les adolescentes sont généralement dépourvues de pouvoir et de contrôle sur leur propre existence et, bien souvent, d’énormes contraintes limitent leur capacité à prendre des décisions pour elles-mêmes.

This report focuses on the need to address patriarchal control of adolescent girls’ sexuality in the fight against child, early and forced marriage and unions, and highlights the vital role played by gender-transformative programs. The report presents findings from a review of 23 organizations that work at the intersection of child marriage and sexuality, and includes three case studies that feature the work of grassroots organizations working in politically and culturally conservative contexts.

The Nepal Contraceptive Retail Sales (CRS) Project was established in July 1976. Its status was formally acknowledged by the Ministry of Finance in 1978. Financial support was provided by USAID through Westinghouse Electric Inc, USA. The social marketing of Dhaal, Nepal’s first male contraceptive, was inaugurated in 1978.  

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