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Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage

June 17, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am


June 17, 2013
8:30 am - 11:30 am
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GBV Task Force


Wilson Center
DC United States + Google Map

On June 17, 2013 USAID and the IGWG’s Task Force on Gender-Based Violence, its co-chairs PRB and CARE, and the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted “Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage” at the Wilson Center.

Carla Koppell, Chief Strategic Officer at USAID, opened the discussion with an overview of USAID’s work on child marriage from Syria to India, and described strategies to address early marriage like girls’ education and community mobilization.

She was joined by experts, researchers, and people working with young women and married girls in the field in countries like Ethiopia and Egypt. Margaret Greene of Greeneworks concluded the event, remarking on the shifts in addressing child marriage; while once it was seen as just a problem for girls, it is now more often characterized as a development issue and is more likely to be addressed through programs in addition to legislation.


  • Jennifer Redner, “Ending Child Marriage – Key Next Policy Steps” (PDF: 182 KB)
  • Anju Malhotra, “Evidence of What Works to End Child Marriage” (PDF: 1298 KB )
  • Feven Tassew & Jeff Edmeades, “Towards Improved Economic and Sexual/Reproductive  Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls” (PDF: 982 KB)
  • Patrick Crump, “Delaying Early Marriage in Egypt: The Case of Ishraq” (PDF: 595 KB)
  • Annabel Erulkar, “Alternative Approaches to Delaying Marriage and Supporting Married Girls”(PDF: 798 KB)

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