Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy

Our focus

Share-Net Netherlands aligns and works closely together with the Girls not Brides Netherlands Alliance on the topic of Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy (CM & TP). The aim of the CoP is to share experiences and knowledge to inform and influence research, policy and practice on Child Marriage and harmful practices.

What we do

In 2017 the group organised the expert meeting ‘Child marriage, exploring choice and agency – Latest research, showcasing new perspectives on child marriage and its drivers’ where researchers shared the outcomes of the child marriage alliance baseline studies in Asia and Africa, with a focus on choice and agency. If you are interested in learning more, you can find the report via this link.

In 2018 and 2019,  bi-monthly Lecture Series where researchers, practitioners and experts gave presentations linking Child Marriage to other topics were organised. Some of the topics the Lecture Series on Child Marriage touched upon are gender transformative approach, economic empowerment, girls as human rights defenders and gender norms surrounding female’s sexuality.

The current pandemic is posing a big challenge on organisations committed to ending child marriage who are trying to continue reaching and impacting young girls. Therefore, on June 3rd, the Girls not Brides (GNB) Global Learning Working Group and Share-Net Netherlands hosted their first virtual episode of the Child Marriage Lecture Series with the aim of creating a space for exchange and learning around experiences with child marriage programmes pivoting. The necessary move to a digital space has allowed us to bring together five experts from Nepal, Pakistan, India and the UK and to reach 143 professionals from 19 different countries. Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO of Girls not Brides, led the diverse group of participants through the presentations and moderated a thought-provoking question & answer session in the end. You can find the speakers’ slides, the recording of the webinar and the webinar report here.

Who we are

Sasa Rácz (Simavi)
Odilia van Manen (Kinderpostzegels)
Tahmina Ashraf (Stichting Voice of Afghan Women)
Kathleen Brenninkmeijer (Women Win)
Diny Flierman (Dutch Centre of Forced Marriage & Abandonment),
Jan Apperloo (Save the Children)
Albena Sotirova (University of Amsterdam)
Linda Barry (Defence for Children)

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