Preventing Child Marriage in Egypt
Guided by principles set by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme, Pathfinder is working to prevent early marriage and to increase access to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights in Egypt.
The project, funded by the Ford Foundation, is designed as two interconnected interventions.First, Pathfinder reviews the issue of child marriage in Egypt, extracting relevant information on the Egyptian context and approaches and programs to prevent child marriage that have been implemented within Egypt. Secondly, Pathfinder provides technical assistance to the National Population Council (NPC) which has stated their commitment to this collaboration.
Pathfinder is also collaborating with related councils like the National Council for Women (NCW) and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), and the Ministry of Health to develop a national strategy to prevent child marriage in Egypt as an important step in realizing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. Pathfinder will work closely with the NCCM, NPC, and NCW to develop an effective national strategy to prevent child marriage and promote young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Egypt.
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I Know, I Decide is designed to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information to young people in ten governorates of Egypt.
Named after the Arabic word for "integration," Takamol promoted an integrated model for strengthening maternal and child health, family planning, and reproductive health services.
Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.
On June 16, with funding from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder International in Egypt, in conjunction with the National Population Council, launched a new national strategy for preventing child marriage.