Webinar on Child marriage and health (10 DEC 2021)


What: Dissemination workshop on Child marriage and health: Protagonism and/or protectionism?
Where: Online 
When: December 10, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 am (CET)
Organised by: The University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group (Belgium) and the Law Faculty of Mzumbe University (Tanzania)

The event will present empirical findings on children’s rights, child marriage and health challenges, with an overview of the academic state of the art. The interventions will aim to challenge the issue of child marriages with questions such as: Which image of childhood do legal standards on child marriage reflect? Can human rights standards on child marriage be adapted to local contexts (vernacularisation)? Can children’s agency be brought to bear on this issue? Do abolition policies and strategies work? Should alternative or complementary options be explored?

About the joint research project:
Since early 2020, Mzumbe University (Tanzania) and the University of Antwerp run a joint action research project on a human rights based approach to health challenges associated with child marriages in Tanzania (funded by VLIR-UOS). Empirical socio-legal research has been undertaken in Dodoma Region to better understand the dynamics in relation to the health challenges associated with child marriages in Tanzania.

Programme and speakers:
10:00 – Child marriage and health challenges. Empirical findings in Dodoma Region (Tanzania) – Dr. Seraphina Bakta (Mzumbe University)
10:15 – Vernacularisation of children’s rights and child marriage. Empirical findings in Shinyanga Region (Tanzania) – Dr Isabela Warioba (Mzumbe University)
10:30 – Child marriage as a choice?: Towards effective interventions, case studies from Indonesia – Dr Hoko Horii (Leiden University)
10:45 – Mapping academic (children’s rights) debates on early marriage – Prof. Wouter Vandenhole (University of Antwerp)
11:00 – Plan International: Policy perspectives on child marriages – Marta Ricci, Child protection specialist, Plan International Belgium
11:15 – Q&A
If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Kata Dozsa. Feel free to circulate this invitation within your research networks. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the event!
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