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The effects of traditional and religious practices of child marriage on Africa’s socio-economic development - A review of research, reports and toolkits from Africa

Type :
Literature reviews and reading lists
Author :
African Union (AU)
Published :
2015
Document(s) :

This desk review surveys existing literature and research on the effects of traditional and religious practices surrounding child marriage on Africa’s socio-economic development. The review is the first part of a study that will also include field visits by the AU Special Rapporteur on Ending Child Marriage.

Although religious and traditional leaders may in the past have been the primary instigators and defenders of harmful practices against children, the research covered here offers proof and encouragement for the view that with the appropriate interventions they now may become key instruments – and in fact leaders – of the movement to end such practices.