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The impact of girls’ education on early marriage

Publisher: Department for International Development Health Systems Resource Centre
Publication Date: Sep 2011

What impact does the education of girls have on early marriage?

This report by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Human Development Resource Centre (HDRC) provides an overview of the existing evidence on the impact of girls' education on early marriage, highlighting key resources and knowledge gaps.

The following are among the key findings:

  • There is a strong association between higher age at marriage and higher education levels.
  • Education for girls can increase their age at marriage, confidence, and their perception of their ability to make decisions about marriage and childbearing.
  • In order to undermine gender discrimination and break the cycle of early and forced marriage, a rights-based approach to education planning and delivery is crucial.