Know-How of Early Marriage Prevention

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Early marriage or child marriage is considered a violation of several human rights and disproportionately affects young girls and women. The Institute for Family Health (IFH) has developed a methodology to prevent and reduce child marriage among Syrian and Jordanian girls. Through this methodology, they created a documentary video that reflects the Institute for Family Health’s experience and success story in preventing early child marriage, with the aim of sharing their knowledge with other organizations. These organizations can apply similar strategies within their work to combat this significant violation of human rights.

This knowledge product, a video, illustrates the holistic approach the Institute for Family Health used. It depends on economic empowerment for families and academic empowerment for girls with poor academic status, in addition to building their personality through life skills training. Moreover, continuous awareness is provided to both parents and girls to help them understand the drawbacks of early marriage and dropping out of school.

You can watch the video (Arabic, English subtitles) here:

Trigger warning: Child Marriage

IFH took the lead in developing a consortium to review and validate the video content, the consortium includes the Higher Population Council (HPC), Share Net Jordan, IFH training centre, and an external consultant.  

Knowledge product details

  • Co-Creation Conference Grants

  • 2020

  • Jordan

  • Child marriage

  • Women and girls

  • Youth SRHR

  • Share-Net Jordan

  • Arabic

  • English

  • Methodology

  • Video

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Institute for Family Health’s methodology to prevent and reduce child marriage between Syrian & Jordanian girls (PDF, English).

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King Hussien Foundation – Institute for Family Health

The Institute for Family Health (IFH) serves as a national and regional model for comprehensive and progressive healthcare that addresses the physical, mental, and social welfare of Jordanians and refugees throughout Jordan.

Launched in 1986 by the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) with support from Sweden’s Radda Barnen, the IFH model evolved from a primary healthcare center for mothers and children to a holistic community healthcare model. It contributes to the wellbeing and resilience of families and individuals throughout their lifecycle by providing integrated prevention, curative, protection, and rehabilitation services that meet the highest professional standards and human-rights principles.

The IFH model is enhanced through a structured referral system with the public and private sectors, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, and, in close partnership with over 200 community-based organizations.