Improving Gender Equality Requires Multifaceted Interventions, Specific Policy Action

Devex: Their voice matters: Addressing child, early, and forced marriage
Geetanjali Misra, co-founder and executive director of CREA

“…The 2030 agenda identifies gender inequality as one of the key challenges and affirms that realizing gender equality and empowerment of women and girls is critical for the progress of the goals and targets. … Thus a collective responsibility for achieving gender equality, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment requires specific policy attention and action. This involves holistic multifaceted interventions that address the issues of health, education, and violence faced by women and girls, but also address and integrate complex realities of gender, sexuality, religion, caste, and class as experienced not only in South Asia but across the ‘global south.’ … Child and early forced marriage is a complex issue with root causes in oppressive patriarchal and socio-cultural norms of gender and sexuality and in unequal power structures of caste, class, and religion. … It is necessary and urgent to create a culture of consent, where opinions, attitudes, and views of adolescent and young girls are valued right from the beginning…” (1/14).