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The Economic & Political Dividends of Ending Child Marriage

November 7, 2013

This session discusses the main findings of recent work by the Council on Foreign Relations on “Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives.” It reviews the drivers of child marriage and discusses its implications for poverty and economic development. In addition to perpetuating inter-generational poverty, child marriage is a threat to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and could, the report argues, undermine U.S. interest and foreign policy priorities at the global level.