Ending Child Marriage: Religious leaders as allies

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“Child marriage does not come down to religion but religion is important to millions of people. Almost 80% of the world population profess a religious belief. So what if we started seeing religious leaders as an asset to address child marriage, not an obstacle?”

This is a question asked in a recent post to the Girls Not Brides website by Research & Policy Associate Julie Rialet as she reflects on the role of religious leaders in ending child marriage.

“An assumption we often have to debunk, here at Girls Not Brides, is that child marriage is a religious problem”, she writes. “It is not.”

“There are already plenty of religious leaders to get inspiration from around the world. In Indonesia, female Muslim leaders issued a fatwa against child marriage and urged the government to raise the age of marriage to 18.

“Religious leaders in Nepal helped develop the country’s national strategy to end child marriage. A few years ago, an inter-religious network also led a public campaign against child marriage.”

Julie Rialet goes on to look at the challenges and possibilities of working with religious leaders and gives examples of where this is working. She also shares some of the lessons learned by activists in different parts of the world.

Read the full article here.

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential.

Posted by: Terrie Robinson | Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
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