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Policy Brief - Child Marriage in Jordan 2017

Policy Brief - Child Marriage in Jordan 2017
Geographic Area: 
National
Year Published: 
2017
Funded By: 
Share – Net International
Type of research: 
Quantitative
Qualitative
Abstract: 

The Higher Population Council (HPC) regards the marriage of underage girls as a violation of the legitimate human rights to education, personal development, free and informed choice of a marriage partner, marriage compatibility and the right to establish proper family relationships.
This violation negatively affects the quality of life and reproductive health of girls. It also has negative economic implications, hinders the ability of families to properly raise their children and build future generations, and poses a threat to the demographics of society and the efforts to benefit from the demographic transition that Jordan is experiencing.

HPC had conducted a study on the marriage of underage girls in Jordan, which has served as the basis of this policy brief. The policy brief consists of several parts; the first part identifies the problem on various levels and shows that in 2015 out of every 10 married women in Jordan two were married as minors, 1 out of every 10 married Jordanian women was married as a minor, and 4 out of every 10 married Syrian women in Jordan were married as minors. The policy brief also reveals that there is an upward trend nationally in the number of child marriages, mainly driven by the number of marriages involving Syrians, and that there has been a recent upward trend in the numbers of marriages involving underage Jordanian females since 2013.
The second part of the policy brief overviews the current situation of married underage girls and reveals that these girls are less educated, have the lowest participation in the economy, have limited health coverage and their husbands often lack stable jobs. The third part focuses on the causes of child marriage in Jordan, including the desire to be relieved of the financial burden of providing for