CARE event: Panel discussion on child marriage in emergencies at the House of Lords, 2 July

by 12th Jun 2015
A Syrian refugee photographed in 2013 for the ‘Dear World: We Are People’ project – see syria.dearworld.me (please note: this photo is used for illustrative purposes only and the woman pictured is not connected with the issue of child marriage in emergencies) A Syrian refugee photographed in 2013 for the ‘Dear World: We Are People’ project – see syria.dearworld.me (please note: this photo is used for illustrative purposes only and the woman pictured is not connected with the issue of child marriage in emergencies)

The APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health in collaboration with CARE International is holding a panel discussion in the House of Lords on 2 July on talking points and issues from a forthcoming CARE International paper on Child Marriage in Emergencies.

“To protect her honour”: Child marriage in emergencies – The fatal confusion between protecting girls and sexual violence is the first in CARE’s Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Contexts: Critical Issues Series, designed for humanitarian workers, policy-makers and donors to: (1) highlight promising practices and/or gaps in programming; and (2) critically analyse work in the field of gender and protection in humanitarian contexts.

Globally, we know that child marriage increases during emergencies where the population use dowry and bride price, and where these practices are entrenched in issues of shame and so-called ‘honour’. We know the reasons. We know the short, medium and long-term effects. Yet, in emergencies, the issue is often ignored at worst, or reactive at best.

During this APPG panel discussion we will make the case – based on experience from the Syrian context and beyond – for preventative interventions on child marriage to take place from the start of an emergency before dangerous levels are reached.

The panel will speak to the efforts being made globally, the challenges of addressing child marriage in emergencies and the impact of ignoring the issue in emergencies.

Chair: Baroness Jenny Tonge (Chair APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health)

Introductions: John Plastow, Programme Director, CARE International UK

Speakers:

  • Danielle Spencer, Senior Humanitarian Advisor: Gender and Protection, CARE International UK (report author)
  • Representative from the Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Lakshmi Sundaram, Executive Director, Girls Not Brides

For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at CARE.