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An evaluation of child marriage interventions in Amhara Region, Ethiopia

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  • 1. Save Us From Early Marriage An Evaluation of Child Marriage Interventions in Amhara Region, Ethiopia Anastasia J. Gage, PhD
  • 2. Problem
    • High national prevalence of child marriage in 2005
      • 27% of girls aged 15-19 ever married
      • 13% girls 15-19 first married < 15 years
    • Gender disparities in median age at first marriage in 2005
      • Amhara Region
        • Women 20-49: 14.2
        • Men 25-54: 22.3
    • Negative implications for RH, HIV/AIDS, STI, GBV, girls’ education
  • 3. Interventions
    • School-based interventions (primary level)
      • Girls Advisory Committees
    • Gender-integrated community-based RH interventions
      • Extensive advocacy
      • Community mobilization
        • Woreda Advisory Committees
        • Community-based RH Agents
        • Schools/Girls’ Clubs
        • Religious leaders
        • Women’s associations
      • National and regional legal/civil society interventions
  • 4. Data
    • Three-stage sample, July-August 2007
    • Program and non-program areas
      • Rural
      • Urban
    • IRB approval from Tulane University & Ethiopia Public Health Association
    • Respondents
      • Females aged 10-19 (N=3,691)
      • Males aged 15-24 (N=1,740)
      • Caretakers (N=4,779)
  • 5. Percent Exposed to Seven or More Sources of Information on Early Marriage Prevention Females Aged 10-19 Males Aged 15-24 Percent
  • 6. Percent Correctly Identifying Legal Minimum Age at First Marriage by Message Exposure Percent Number of Sources of Information
  • 7. Percentage of Adolescents Who Have Gone Through Stages of Marriage Process
  • 8. Percent of Planned Marriages of Females Younger than Age 18 that Were Stopped Percent
  • 9. Percent of Last Marriages of Female Adolescents that were Blessed by Religious Leaders Percent
  • 10. Next Steps
    • Amharic Dissemination Seminar, Amhara Region, March 3, 2008
      • Output = action plans
    • English Dissemination seminar, Addis Ababa, March 6, 2008
      • Output = data use calendar
    • Further analysis of data
    • Facilitation of data use for program and policy action