Understanding and addressing child marriage

2016 – A scoping study of available academic and programmatic literature for the HER CHOICE Alliance. Commissioned by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam.

Baseline Study - Synthesis Report

2017 – This report presents te findings of the Her Choice baseline study. Her Choice is one of three Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights alliances working in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the issue of child marriage.

Research Thesis: Well-being of married girls in rural Eastern Ghana - by B. Haga, University of Amsterdam

2018 – This research thesis investigates the perspectives child brides in rural Eastern Ghana have on their overall well-being, and the ways in which they navigate the structures that impact their ability to exercise agency to better their own well-being.

Research Thesis: Young women’s perceptions, agency and the influence of HER CHOICE in Uganda - by I.S. Garsbo, University of Amsterdam

2018 – This research thesis focuses on young married and single women’s perspectives and agency towards early marriage as well as examining the Her Choice (implemented by The Hunger Project Uganda) program’s  influence on their views in Mbale District, Uganda

Research Thesis: Young men and women and child marriage in Iganga, Uganda - by T. Schmeink, University of Amsterdam

2018 – Following the critiques on the human rights-based discourse around child marriage, this thesis aims to give in-depth insight into the perceptions and agency of young people related to marriage and child marriage in Iganga, Uganda.

Research Thesis: Early marriage and child grooms in Nepalgunj, Nepal - by R. Bowe, University of Amsterdam

2017 – Because of the greater attention given to females within child marriage, this research thesis seeks to fill a knowledge gap around the practices of early marriage that include ‘child grooms’, and the subsequent ways in which these individuals navigate their lives with this label.

Research Thesis: The value of early marriage in Amhara Region, Ethiopia - by L.M. Vergroesen, University of Amsterdam

2017 – While marriage under 18 is legally prohibited in Ethiopia and many NGOs are working on the prevention of early marriage (EM), in Amhara region prevalence is still as high as 45%. This research aims to gain insight into the reasons behind such situation.

Research Thesis: Early marriage in rural Kolda, Senegal: whose choice? - by L. Juanola van Keizerswaard, University of Amsterdam

2017 – This research thesis aims to uncover decision-making processes that inform young women and men’s preferences around whether, when and who to marry by exploring local understandings around marriage, family (formation) and sexuality.

Research Thesis: Sexuality education implementation and influence in Nepalgunj, Nepal - by K. Dewart, University of Amsterdam

2017 – This research thesis seeks to investigate how sexuality education is implemented in a government-funded school in the town of Nepalgunj, and its potential influence on the decisions of boys and girls concerning sexual health, gender and relationships and in extension early marriage.


Photo credit photo on the left: Millie Albon