More Research Needed On Climate Change As Driver Of Child Marriage To Effectively Target Interventions

News Deeply: How Climate Change Drives Child Marriage
Lakshmi Sundaram, executive director of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

“…With the effects of climate change already a reality for many of the world’s poorest countries, how do we make sure they don’t result in a generation of lost childhoods? Most crucially, governments and NGOs need to pay special attention to the risk of child marriage when they are planning their responses to the humanitarian disasters caused by climate change. These responses must be driven by women and girls who have been affected by child marriage. … There is still a lot we need to learn about the link between child marriage and climate change. This will help us target our responses more effectively. As temperatures rise, coasts erode, and thousands flee their homes, girls are the most vulnerable. We must not let them be forgotten in the story of the fight against climate change” (11/6).