Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 02 June 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter illustrates the influence of intersectionality on children’s rights through examination of child marriage. It demonstrates how interlocking identities of female children across the globe create specific vulnerabilities that subject them to sexual violence and forced pregnancies within marriage to older men. This chapter identifies poverty, geography, religion, ethnicity, traditional patriarchal practices, and war or civil conflict as consistent factors that strongly influence the prevalence of forced marriage in many countries. It analyzes whether domestic and international laws, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, provide sufficient protection to prevent child brides. It concludes with a discussion of how community and nonprofit leaders are affecting cultural change and global education on child marriage and how young women are given voice through court cases challenging the practice as child abuse and oppression.

Keywords: children’s rights, child marriage, intersectionality, poverty, vulnerability, violence, religion, patriarchy, custom or culture, ethnicity or nationality

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.