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Save Us From Early Marriage
Save Us From Early Marriage
Save Us From Early Marriage
Save Us From Early Marriage
Save Us From Early Marriage
Save Us From Early Marriage
Save Us From Early Marriage
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An evaluation of child marriage interventions in Amhara Region, Ethiopia

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 <ul><li>High national prevalence of child marriage in 2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>27% of girls aged 15-19 ever married </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>13% girls 15-19 first married < 15 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gender disparities in median age at first marriage in 2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amhara Region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Women 20-49: 14.2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Men 25-54: 22.3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Negative implications for RH, HIV/AIDS, STI, GBV, girls’ education </li></ul>
    • 3. Interventions <ul><li>School-based interventions (primary level) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls Advisory Committees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gender-integrated community-based RH interventions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community mobilization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Woreda Advisory Committees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community-based RH Agents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools/Girls’ Clubs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Religious leaders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s associations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National and regional legal/civil society interventions </li></ul></ul>
    • 4. Data <ul><li>Three-stage sample, July-August 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Program and non-program areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IRB approval from Tulane University & Ethiopia Public Health Association </li></ul><ul><li>Respondents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Females aged 10-19 (N=3,691) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Males aged 15-24 (N=1,740) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caretakers (N=4,779) </li></ul></ul>
    • 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 <ul><li>Amharic Dissemination Seminar, Amhara Region, March 3, 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Output = action plans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>English Dissemination seminar, Addis Ababa, March 6, 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Output = data use calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Further analysis of data </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation of data use for program and policy action </li></ul>

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