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8 Community-Level Insights To Help End Child Marriage

Devex: 8 insights to end child marriage
Kate Whittington, program officer at Girls Not Brides

“…While the efforts of international agencies and national governments are paramount to ending child marriage, so too is the work happening day in day out at the community level. On the first anniversary of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] being adopted, now is a good time to reflect on the successes and challenges organizations face when working to end child marriage. Based on their experiences working at the community level, here are eight insights they have shared with us. 1. Holistic approaches can transform the lives of girls. … 2. Knowledge is power. … 3. Culture is key. … 4. Secure support from local community leaders from the start. … 5. Laws are a good starting point, but change cannot end there. … 6. Men and boys are part of the solution. … 7. Women are agents of change. … 8. Document and share learnings…” (10/5).

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