Young Lives publish new open access book on child marriage

06 April, 2020

Young Lives have published a new open access book offering fresh insights and evidence to inform efforts to end the practice of child marriage. 

Dreaming of a Better Life: Child Marriage Through Adolescent Eyes covers themes such as adolescent girls' agency and roles in marital decision making, teenage motherhood, sexual and gender based-violence against children, and lessons learned from trying to influence policies and implement programmes to reduce child marriage.   

The book, which is edited by Young Lives Senior Research Officer Gina Crivello and Gillian Mann, Head of Research and Evaluation for Child Frontiers and a Young Lives Research Associate, is presented in a variety of eye-catching and accessible formats, including photo stories, head-to-head interviews, traditional chapters and infographics.

Based on findings from research and intervention projects funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to investigate different aspects of chid marriage, the chapters span rural and urban settings across Bangladesh, Cote d'Ivoire, India, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Togo and Zambia. 

The book is co-published by Young Lives and IDRC and is available Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License in English and French. 

Gina Crivello and Gillian Mann (eds) (2020) Dreaming of a Better Life: Child Marriage Through Adolescent Eyes, Young Lives/International Development Research Centre

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