CHILD MARRIAGE IN HIGH INCOME SETTINGS

Child marriage, defined by the United Nations as marriage before the age of 18, is widely recognized as a violation of human rights and a marker of gender inequality. Nearly all research and advocacy attention to child marriage focuses on South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. However, child marriage occurs across the globe, including in wealthy nations such as Canada and the United States. This project draws attention to child marriage in wealthy settings by highlighting laws that permit the practice and by describing child marriage practices in settings where it has previously been ignored or overlooked. The project also serves as a case study of double standards within contemporary global health practice.

THE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF CHILD MARRIAGE

Marriage is a major event that shapes lives. For those who marry as children, marriage may influence their educational and occupational trajectories, their fertility, and many other aspects of their health and well being. This project investigates how marrying as a child affects health across the lifespan among both men and women using modern epidemiologic methods.