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Prevention of Early Marriage

In Egypt, 17% of girls are married before their 18th birthday. Together with several key Egyptian government agencies and NGOs, we worked to prevent early marriage and increase access to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health care.

Project Date: 2013 - 2016
Funder: Ford Foundation
Country: Egypt

160 peer educators trained

640 parent support group participants

40 community seminars in the four target communities with 1,000+ attendees

69 NGO & community development association staff completed training on hazards of early marriage, child rights, & gender equity

What We Did

  • Provided technical assistance to the National Population Council as they developed and launched the national Preventing Early Marriage strategy in June 2014
  • Established a replicable model for NGOs and community development associations to contribute to the implementation of the strategy
  • Built the capacity of NGOs and community development associations to implement and institutionalize the prevention of early marriage
  • Facilitated partnerships between government, civil society, and private sector to lower early marriage by 50%, with enhanced efforts in 7 governorates where early marriage is most prominent
  • Employed girl- and gatekeeper-centered approaches to meaningfully engage women and girls as well as men and boys and foster gender and social norm change

Project Staff Members

Mohamed Abou Nar

Chief Programs and Impact Officer

Mohamed has more than 20 years of experience in international development, quality management, project design, implementation, and...

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