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Webinar: Boys & Child, Early and Forced Marriages and Unions

While child marriage predominantly affects adolescent girls, evidence has shown that working only with girls is not enough to end the practice. Many boys and young men too face pressures to marry early, or to marry girls who are children, and play a key role in embodying and reproducing harmful gender norms that drive child marriage. Rather than simply involving them in activities to prevent child marriage, the broader movement for gender equality has shed light on the need for gender-transformative engagement with both men and boys to address the roots of child marriage.

On February 22nd, 2023, the Global Boyhood Initiative hosted the webinar, “Engaging Boys to Promote Gender Equality and Prevent Child Marriage.”

Margaret Greene, Equimundo Senior Fellow and Director of GreeneWorks, moderated a discussion about the latest research, evidence-based tools and best practices for including men and boys in efforts to prevent child marriage through gender-transformative approaches. 

Panelists included: 
Jean Casey – Girls Not Brides
Jeff Edmeades – Demographic and Health Surveys Program
Colleen Murray Gastón – UNICEF
José-Roberto Luna Manzanero – UNFPA
Julie Rialet – Equimundo Consultant


Child Marriage Among Boys – Colleen Murray, UNICEF

Engaging Boys to End Child Marriage – Jean Casey, Girls Not Brides


Boyhood and Child, Early and Forced Marriages and Unions: An Evidence Review – Equimundo

“She Goes With Me In My Boat:” Child and Adolescent Marriage in Brazil – Equimundo

Male Engagement in Ending Child Marriage – Girls Not Brides

Girls’ sexuality and child, early, and forced marriages and unions: A conceptual framework – Girls Not Brides

Kissa Kahani: The power of stories – Girls Not Brides

Tackling the Taboo in Latin America and the Caribbean – Girls Not Brides

CRANK quarterly research meetings – Girls Not Brides

Evidence review: Child marriage interventions and research from 2020 to 2022 – Girls Not Brides

Understanding Couple Communication and Family Planning in Zambia – ICRW

Sibling Support to Adolescent Girls in Emergencies Resource Hub – Women’s Refugee Commission

Child marriage among boys: a global overview of available data – UNICEF

Child Grooms: Understanding the Drivers of Child Marriage for Boys

Gender Transformative Accelerator – UNFPA–UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage