The World Bank South Asia Gender Team is hosting a flagship event in collaboration with the South Asia Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL) to discuss the evidence and lessons learned from innovative women’s economic empowerment (WEE) strategies to address child marriage.
In South Asia, one-third of women between the ages of 20-24 were married before age 18, which is significantly higher than other parts of the world. Bangladesh has the highest percentage of child marriage in the region at 59 percent. Nepal follows at 40 percent.
This webinar will discuss evidence on the impact of WEE programs on child marriage in the region based on the findings of a new synthesis paper by SAR GIL. While programmatic evidence is only available pre-pandemic, the analysis is particularly relevant in the COVID-19 and climate crisis era of economic disruption. Discussants will offer lessons from implementation and strategies to avoid unintended negative consequences of programmatic efforts. The conversation will highlight the importance of preventing child marriage in strengthening human capital, a priority for South Asia.