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Thematic Area / Protection

child marriage data

Decreased occurrences of child marriage.

To assess the impact, LIFE Nepal established an indicator: "No evidence of child marriage captured in Wards or Palikas." To gather data on child marriage, LIFE conducted a survey, mobilizing its staff and volunteers. The findings revealed a positive trend, as the incidence of child marriage decreased from 37% in 2020 to 30% in 2021. Notably, in 2019, the prevalence of child marriage was at a significantly higher rate, reaching the top level of 50%.

Girls mobilization

Girls are actively taking measures to combat child marriage.

One of the significant activities undertaken by LIFE Nepal involved the review and implementation of the plan of action for girls' clubs/networks. These clubs played a crucial role as girls actively took actions against child marriage when identified in the community during their door-to-door home visits, follow-ups, and monitoring, adhering to their plan of action. They utilized methods such as calling a toll-free number or making police complaints. Additionally, the girls organized extra-curricular and awareness activities in the communities to raise awareness and prevent child marriage. They also committed to marrying only after the age of 20. These efforts contributed significantly to increasing awareness and reducing instances of child marriage, with 105 cases reported in the reporting period. LIFE Nepal conducted a review of the previously developed and operational plan of action for girls' clubs, involving 246 girls during the reporting period. Moreover, LIFE assessed the allocation of local resources by local governments to implement the plan of action of girls' clubs. The findings revealed that 90% of the planned activities, including life skills sessions for parents and students, extracurricular and awareness activities on ending child marriage, door-to-door home visits, and motivation and counseling for girls and parents, were successfully implemented. Local governments allocated approximately NPR 500,000.00 for these initiatives, contributing to the overall success of the project and the reduction in the dropout rate of girls from 142 in 2077 BS to 99 in 2078 BS.


Members of the boys' club have gained the capability to facilitate and refer child marriage cases to the police cell.

LIFE organized life skills and leadership training for 26 members of the boys' club/network. The primary objective of this training was to enhance the life skills and leadership capabilities of boys' club members, enabling them to negotiate, communicate effectively, make confident decisions, and take a lead in campaigning against child marriage. As a result of this training, they developed their leadership and life skills and collaborated with girls' clubs in the community to collectively take actions against child marriage. Consequently, 105 cases of child marriages were reported and referred during this reporting period. This indicates the growing ability of boys' club members to facilitate and refer child marriage cases to the police cell.


Students, parents, and religious leaders have reached a consensus to boycott child marriage ceremonies, and local police are actively assisting in efforts to end child marriages.

To educate and raise awareness among mothers/parents, particularly regarding the causes and consequences of early/child marriage, sexual and reproductive health rights (SHRH), and the legal provisions of the government of Nepal, LIFE Nepal devised radio programs, as well as posters and pamphlets in both Nepali and local languages. These informative materials were disseminated in the project area, Palikas, and schools. Approximately 450,000 community members were reached and sensitized through these Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials. The campaign aimed at enhancing knowledge about the repercussions of child marriage, legal regulations, and provisions, along with emphasizing the importance of girls' education. As a result, the community members not only gained awareness but also pledged to boycott child marriage ceremonies. They are actively cooperating to reduce instances of child marriage. It is worth noting that there is a particular concern about child marriage in the context of love marriages, but this challenge is being addressed through professional counseling involving the couples and their families.