Many of the complex factors that drive child marriage in
stable environments are exacerbated in emergency settings, as family and community structures break down during crisis and displacement. COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges that can increase child marriage both in the acute and recovery phases. Challenges include the loss of household income, higher risk of violence in the household and lack of access to schooling. Plan International research shows that, in crisis settings, girls live in fear of violence and are not only concerned about the constant presence of armed men, but also about gender-based violence (GBV) within families.
This brief is intended for development partners, including government and civil society actors. It provides insights and key recommendations and resources for responding to the needs of adolescent girls during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period, including those at risk of early marriage and those who are already married and in informal unions. Click here to read all the recommendations.