Conclusions A complex myriad of factors contribute to early marriage including poverty, lack of educational opportunities and concerns about SGBV.
Sexual exploitation under the guise of marriage is a reality for some Syrian girls.
This study explores the underlying factors contributing to child marriage among Syrian refugees in Lebanon with the goal of informing community-based strategies to address the issue.
Methods In July–August 2016, trained interviewers collected self-interpreted stories in Lebanon using Cognitive Edge’s Sense Maker, a mixed-method data collection tool.
Quantitative data summarised the different perspectives of female and male participants.
Syrian girls and mothers were more likely to share stories about protection/security and/or education and were more likely to report that girls were overprotected.
Undoubtedly, gender inequalities continue to be an important determinant of when girls marry and recent qualitative research on child marriage among Syrian refugees highlights the importance of insecurity as well as economic need and disruption of educational opportunities.37 However, there is little quantitative or mixed methods data about the factors that influence age of marriage in humanitarian settings.
This study was designed to help address this knowledge gap by using a mixed methods approach to identify new insights into the societal, economic, security, religious and psychosocial factors contributing to child marriage among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Anti-Slavery International, Maggie Black This report looks at the ritual slavery practices of Devadasi, Jogini and Mathamma in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
These practices involve the dedication of young girls to a deity and their subsequent sexual exploitation by one or many men from the community.