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15-year-old girl who was married when she was 12 in Amhara, Ethiopia. Photo: Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE

Constrained choices: exploring the complexities of adolescent girls’ voice and agency in child marriage decisions in Ethiopia

09.12.20 | Bodily integrity and freedom from violence | Ethiopia

Authors

Nicola Jones, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Guday Kassahun, Meti Kebedi

Ethiopia has recently seen a remarkable fall in the proportion of girls who marry in early adolescence, reflecting the country’s lauded efforts to tackle child marriage. However, aggregate national figures mask a more complex reality. This article explores this complexity, drawing on qualitative data with adolescent girls and boys, their caregivers, service providers and community leaders, from the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) longitudinal study baseline. Our findings highlight the complex interplay between cultural norms, economic factors, individual voice and agency, and collective support thereof, on the part of leaders and service providers, from grassroots to national levels.

Suggested citation

Jones, N., Presler-Marshall, E., Kassahun, G. and Kebedi, M. (2020) ‘Constrained choices: exploring the complexities of adolescent girls’ voice and agency in child marriage decisions in Ethiopia’. Progress in Development Studies. doi:10.1177/1464993420958215


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