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Ending Child Marriage

LIFE Nepal implemented the “Ending Child Marriage Initiative,” which played a significant role in advancing several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals include SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10: Reduced Inequality, and SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.
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Challenges
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– The prevalence of child marriage decreased to 24% in 2023, marking a significant decline from 30% in 2021, 37% in 2020, and 50% in 2019. This reduction has played a crucial role in promoting girls’ education, with a slight increase in girls’ enrollment (from 49% in 2022 to 51% in 2023) compared to the previous year. In total, 43 cases of child marriage were successfully prevented, with 38 cases referred to the judicial committee of their respective Palikas or the district-based women’s police cell. Various individuals, including parents, groups, institutions, religious leaders, and pressure groups, played a significant role in facilitating and successfully preventing 81 child marriage cases.
– A total of 120 members from girls’ and boys’ clubs/networks were mobilized, and the action plans of 8 girls’ clubs and 8 boys’ clubs were implemented. Additionally, secretariats for 3 girls’ clubs were established.
– Support for vending sanitary pad machines was provided to 8 schools, benefiting their female students.
– Comprehensive life skills, including Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SHRH), were imparted to a total of 1592 girls, including 8 girl’s champions, 1 community mobilizer, 1 Project Coordinator, 120 girls’ club members, and 1462 girls’ students.
– Nine young women received vocational training to kickstart small-scale businesses.
– Life skill sessions were attended by 120 members of girls’ clubs/networks, and 32 girls received training in Entrepreneurship/Financial Literacy skills.
– A girls’ summit was attended by 212 girls.
– Awareness sessions on the adverse effects of early/child marriage, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), and their importance in a girl’s life were conducted for 1750 students.
– Sixty-four local government representatives (deputy-mayors) and officials, including those from women and children’s cells, district Gender-Based Violence (GBV) networks, and the Nepal Human Rights Commission, received training in child protection, safeguarding, gender-responsive and sensitive local-level planning, local resource allocation, implementation, and monitoring.
– A dialogue program involving 210 religious leaders was conducted to discuss strategies for combating child marriage.
Project Area:

Eight Palikas i.e., Janakpur sub-metropolitan city, Dhanushadham, Mithila, Kshireshwarnath, Sabaila, Mithila Bihari, Sahid Nagar, Laxminiya of Dhanusha district in Madhesh Province, Nepal

Target Group

The programme has targeted youth, adolescent girls, young women, religious leaders, teachers, and local governments.

Programme Duration:

From May 2019 to June 2024

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