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Qualitative research toolkit to explore child marriage dynamics and how to fast-track prevention


Written by Nicola Jones

Hero image description: Adolescent girl in Jordan Image credit:Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE

Accelerating progress towards eliminating child marriage and empowering married girls requires not just more research, but different tools. Tools that are designed with action and inclusion in mind. GAGE’s new child marriage toolkit builds on existent tools, including those we used in our formative and baseline work (see GAGE baseline qualitative research tools), and hones in on how to prevent child marriage – for girls and boys – and mitigate its impacts on adolescent girls, including those who are separated and divorced.

Our new tools focus on marriage decision-making and ask marriage decision-makers what might encourage them to make different decisions. They also trace the threats and opportunities that girls (and boys) face at various steps along the child marriage pathway (engagement to divorce) and explore how a range of services might improve outcomes. Most importantly, our new child marriage toolkit is built around the decision-making underpinning child marriage and the experiences of married adolescents, rather than indirectly through an exploration of adolescence more broadly. Our tools are directly aimed at two questions:

  1. how can we prevent child marriage?
  2. how can we make married girls’ (and boys’) lives better?
 Adolescent girl in Jordan
Image credit:Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE
Nicola Jones, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Agnieszka Małachowska, Emma Jones, Jude Sajdi, Kifah Banioweda, Workneh Yadete, Guday Emirie and Kiya Gezahegne