Research Publication

Married adolescent girls in rural Assiut and Souhag: Limited choices and unfulfilled reproductive health needs

Although the median age of marriage has increased in Egypt to 21 years for women and 23 years for men and despite the presence of a law that sets the minimum age of marriage at 18, child marriage continues to exist in Egypt. The study examined the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of married adolescent girls (MAGs) in rural Upper Egypt and identified key contextual and cognitive factors that could mitigate or exacerbate the effects of early marriage on their SRH. The study revealed that  MAGs in rural Assiut and Souhag are experiencing multiple social, economic, and health vulnerabilities. However, despite their dire situation, there are several windows of opportunity that could be capitalized on.