Engaging men and boys to end the practice of Child Marriage

What role do gender norms play in supporting child marriage and how can their effects be unpacked to stop girls becoming child brides?

This report from Promundo explores how unequal gender norms uphold the practice of early marriage. Using program examples, it identifies the ways men and boys are helping to prevent child marriage and reduce its consequences. Community norms around gender and age inequality, the low value of girls and women, and acceptance of patriarchy and male sexual entitlement to females lie at the root of child marriage. Ending these traditional attitudes requires communities to collectively dismantle and replace them with new, more equal roles. The programs and approaches highlighted in this review have worked with men, boys, and their communities to shift their attitudes and behavior to encourage gender equality and discourage child marriage