Exploring Protective Mechanisms to Child Marriage in Pakistan

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01/04/2024 12:00 am

Oxfam Novib

What new insights and lessons on protective mechanisms can be identified by reflecting on existing applied research? How can these mechanisms contribute to delaying child marriage in Pakistan? As part of our Comparative Learning Series, Oxfam and partners explored protec-tive measures through triangulating research findings from different studies and experiential knowledge as part of the Marriage No Child’s Play (MNCP) project, which aims to amplify the voices of young girls and empower them to decide whom and when to marry.

Factors with the potential to be protective mechanisms against child marriage include ed-ucation, knowledge about the harmful effects of child marriage, girls’ contributions to the household, and personal attitudes and limited social sanctions.All the studies were conducted in collaboration with partner organizations Bedari, the Indus Resource Centre (IRC) and Baanhn Beli.

Partners also participated in reflection workshops to collectively formulate lessons from findings, conclusions, recommendations, and program-matic responses. These workshops featured respondents from the project’s implementation districts: Larkana and Shirkarpur in Sindh province, and Muzzafargarh and Lodhran in Punjab province.

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