Married by Exception, debating the driving forces behind child brides

What are the social forces which fuel child marriages in Iraq and what approaches can be used to prevent these marriages from taking place? As Save the Children recently stated in their report Married by Exception, "girls in the Middle East and North Africa are in greater danger of being forced or sold into ‘tourist’ or ‘pleasure’ marriages partly due to the surge in poverty, displacement, and the COVID-19 pandemic." 

While child marriage rates in the MENA region have declined considerably over the past 25 years, "progress has stalled in the past 10 years, due to instability in the region. Poverty increases the likelihood that parents will marry their daughters early. In these circumstances, child marriage is primarily used as a negative coping mechanism to address poverty and concerns for girls’ protection."

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