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Marrying Young: Limiting the Impact of a Crisis on the High Prevalence of Child Marriages in Niger

Department of Criminal and Procedural Law, College of Law, University of South Africa, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
Laws 2021, 10(3), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030061
Received: 4 May 2021 / Revised: 11 July 2021 / Accepted: 20 July 2021 / Published: 28 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Law and Gender Issues)
Child marriage is a harmful and discriminatory global practice, robbing millions of girls of their childhood. Global attention and momentum to end early marriage has increased over the years; however, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected this progress. It has been predicted that over the next decade up to 10–13 million more girls will be at risk of child marriage because of the pandemic. Since Niger has consistently had the highest rate of child marriage in the world, this study will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child marriages within the west and African region but specifically within Niger. This article will look at past response efforts to other pandemics, specifically Ebola, and show how the girl-child remains disproportionately disadvantaged, especially during pandemics. The article will conclude with recommendations on the importance of incorporating a gender analysis into preparedness and response efforts to eliminate child marriages. View Full-Text
Keywords: child marriage; child marriage in Niger; child marriage and development goals; COVID-19 and child marriage; impact of child marriages; impact of pandemics child marriage; child marriage in Niger; child marriage and development goals; COVID-19 and child marriage; impact of child marriages; impact of pandemics
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Deane, T. Marrying Young: Limiting the Impact of a Crisis on the High Prevalence of Child Marriages in Niger. Laws 2021, 10, 61. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030061

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Deane T. Marrying Young: Limiting the Impact of a Crisis on the High Prevalence of Child Marriages in Niger. Laws. 2021; 10(3):61. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030061

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Deane, Tameshnie. 2021. "Marrying Young: Limiting the Impact of a Crisis on the High Prevalence of Child Marriages in Niger" Laws 10, no. 3: 61. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030061

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