The Consequences of Child Marriage in Indonesia

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Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquium

Professor Lisa Cameron
Dr Diana Contreras Suarez

Did you know that the legal age for marriage in Indonesia is 19?  Yet close to 25 million women and 7 million men have married well before this age. Child marriage is prohibited by international law. UNICEF reports that if progress to end this practice is not accelerated, 150 million girls will be married in childhood by 2030.

This colloquium will present the results of an analysis that finds significant and persistent negative effects of child marriage on women and men. These negative effects also have consequences across generations in Indonesia.

This regularly held colloquium will showcase our projects and researchers. This is a forum that encourages discussion on how research insights should inform policy and practice. More information on the series is available here.