Ending Child Marriage in Malawi: A Gatekeepers Approach to Changing Norms
- Ending Child Marriage in Malawi: A Gatekeepers Approach to Changing Norms
- Richardson, Caitlin
- Thesis Advisor(s):
- Dauer, Sheila
- M.A., Columbia University
- Institute for the Study of Human Rights
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- It is estimated that globally each year over 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. The practice has numerous detrimental consequences on a girl’s health and well-being that stand in clear violation of her human rights. While there has been a plethora of literature dedicated to the topic of child marriage in recent years, little attention or outcome analysis has been directed towards the gatekeepers approach in changing norms around this practice. This thesis will seek to fill this void by focusing specifically on the strategies that civil society organizations have implemented within Malawi, a county with one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, to target the gatekeepers in a community and, in the process, change attitudes and beliefs around child marriage at a grassroots level. In doing so, this thesis concludes that the gatekeepers approach has been shown to be a successful and essential strategy when working to change norms, as long as it is implemented in a holistic and context-specific manner and is implemented along with the girl-centric approach.
- Human rights
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- Suggested Citation:
- Caitlin Richardson, 2017, Ending Child Marriage in Malawi: A Gatekeepers Approach to Changing Norms, Columbia University Academic Commons, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8T740XH.