What counts as success in child marriage interventions?
A discussion on age, agency, and measuring change that matters
February 2, 2022
The Child, Early, & Forced Marriages and Unions and Sexuality Working Group’s letter to the editor of the Journal of Adolescent Health called for a vision of success and means of measuring progress in CEFMU interventions that goes beyond age of marriage as the sole outcome indicator. As follow-up to the letter, the Working Group convened a webinar to discuss:
Why age of marriage as a sole indicator for success in CEFMU interventions is insufficient and potentially misleading;
What alternatives to age of marriage indicators can be used to measure progress;
What organizations working with adolescent girls need—including from their funders—to dismantle the root causes of CEFMU, track meaningful progress, and learn from their work.
Aissa Doumara Ngatansou, Association for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; Ana Aguilera, EngenderHealth; Chima Izugbara, International Center for Research on Women; Cinthya Amanecer Velasco Botello, La Ceiba; Erin Murphy-Graham, University of California, Berkeley; Eugenia Lopez Uribe, International Planned Parenthood Federation; Kathy Hall, Summit Foundation; Sheena Hadi, Aahung; Yogesh Vaishnav, Vikalp Sansthan; Moderated by Margaret E. Greene, GreeneWorks