Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings in South Asia

Study Results from Bangladesh and Nepal



While the rates of child marriage are decreasing in South Asia, the vulnerability and insecurity that arises during humanitarian crises threatens to undermine this progress. This report combines the findings from research with conflict-affected Rohingya refugees residing in Bangladesh, and 2015 earthquake affected communities in Nepal. The research analyses similarities and differences across the contexts, in order to learn about these two settings and also to understand what might be generalized to child marriage in humanitarian settings more broadly. It is hoped that the findings will inform programme interventions in these humanitarian settings and provide insight into child marriage in humanitarian contexts.

This report was commissioned through the Global Programme to End Child Marriage implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Programme is generously funded by the Governments of Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the European Union and Zonta International.

Use the dropdown menu on the right to download the main report, and the policy briefs for South Asia, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Johns Hopkins University, Women’s Refugee Commission, UNFPA and UNICEF
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