A recent episode of The Economist Radio and Intelligence podcast explores the shifting pattern of child marriage in Ethiopia, and the gaps that remain to ending the practice.
Annabel Erulkar, Country Director of the Population Council in Ethiopia, contextualizes recent declines in child marriage in Ethiopia, including the critical role that government commitment can play in eradicating the practice and the need for tailored solutions.
“I think first and foremost is government commitment in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government has committed at the 2014 London Girls Summit to eradicate child marriage and FGM by 2025. Up to now, they still chair the Alliance to End Child Marriage, and they’re making a lot of efforts to really see that this is the last generation of girls that’s affected by the practice. But at the same time, I also think that across sub-Saharan Africa, different governments, and also programmers, have to pay attention to the patterns of child marriage because it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. You have different patterns and different cultural patterns surrounding child marriage, and that kind of implies different approaches to tackling the practice.”
Listen to the episode at The Economist.