Prevention of Child Marriages: Nevşehir Model

Project Summary
Grantee : United Nations Population Fund - Turkey Office
Purpose : Raising awareness of individuals and establishing a local mechanism in order to prevent early and forced marriages
Location : Nevşehir
Grant Amount : 499.188 TL
Project Partner : Başkent University Women, Children Health and Family Planning Research and Application Center
Period : 01 October 2018 - 30 September 2019
Status : Starting
Project Year : 2018

Background

Girls who are married off before the age of 18 are vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual abuse. Neither physically or mentally ready to give birth, girls face higher risks of having problems during pregnancy and birth. Once married, they also have to leave their education to take on the responsibility of the household. In order to prevent early and forced marriages, the health perspective of the issue should be emphasized and multilateral intervention mechanisms should be established.

Project Goals

  • In Nevşehir, workshops with the participation of representatives from local government, universities and non-governmental organizations will be held to plan the activities of the project and delegate the duties.
  • 25 women who were married off early will be trained as “health mediators” and these women will reach and inform other women in their neighborhood.
  • Trainings on the risks of early and forced marriages will be held for the education, health, social services, security, judicial and religious officials.
  • 3 workshops will be held on preventing early and forced marriages and providing public services for teenage pregnancies. Also, local action plans will be prepared.
  • An awareness-raising campaign will be held throughout the city by using banners, leaflets and short movies.

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