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Child Marriage is one of the 8 categories of violence against women and girls (VAWG) defined by the UN.

In the summer of 2017,  a  production for a video about child marriage began in the Terai region of Nepal. The purpose behind the film was to provide a video resource as part of a toolkit for organisations and change makers working with young people at risk of child marriage.  In the Terai, close to the Indian border, child marriage is highly prevalent. Dalit communities in particular can be socially excluded and geographically isolated with little access to education and information about the laws and rights around child marriage.

 

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Despite 20 being the legal age for marriage in Nepal, 41% of girls are married before they are 18 and 29% by the time they are 15.

Source: The Cultural Context of Child Marriage in Nepal and Bangladesh. CARE February 2016.

CWIN Nepal, part of a consortium working on the toolkit resource, wanted to focus on providing information and guidance to both boys and girls.

Where previous campaign focus has been on girls and girls’ empowerment, it was felt that bringing boys and men, usually the decision makers in families and leaders in communities, into the movement was an important step in ending the practice of child marriage.

Within a wider campaign of education, training and vocational opportunities, this video which shares information, advice and guidance from young boys and girls rather than adult ‘experts’ was designed to appeal directly to this target audience in a peer-to-peer information exchange.

For some background statistics and facts on child marriage in Nepal see here: Child marriage in Nepal

Over the next few pages you can find out more about the video, meet the characters involved and what they have to say about child marriage.