Addressing early marriage: Responding to a national epidemic through education and girls’ empowerment

Reporting Organization:UN Women
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 214,000
Timeframe: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Diya Nanda
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

UN Women

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Jordan - $ 214,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Adolescent Health (10 %)

Health Promotion & Education (10 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (10 %)

Primary Health Care (10 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (10 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (10 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (10 %)

Humanitarian Response (10 %)

Protection (10 %)

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adolescent females Children, girls
Descriptors: Urban Rural
Total Direct Population: 1,500
Total Indirect Population: 200
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Classes and activities provided
IFH clinic staff increasing knowledge and improved behaviours
Misconceptions addressed
Schools increasing advocacy for girls
Women grass-roots and non-govermental organizations with increased awareness
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The project explicitly engages with the WPHF Theory of Change and aims to promote a peaceful and gender equal society. It aims to implement two different interventions, and target three main stakeholders: schools, clinics, and NGOs. The first intervention consists of training women and NGO representatives at a grassroots level. FCPS hosts a number of training programs over the course of a year, with a focus on gender issues, host communities’ awareness, and advocacy for local women and partnerships. In addition, they aim to organize an awareness campaign on the risks of early marriage and assist local NGOs and community members in improving their outreach to their respective communities, and identify methods to improve the quality of, and access to, services. In addition, to facilitate relationships between local NGOs and schools to advocate for young wives and mothers to continue their education beyond marriage. These improved relationships will also support rigorous referral systems for schools to address specific issues related to early marriage to appropriate NGOs and community leaders. Further, they implement workshops on early marriage and women’s empowerment quarterly over a one-year period. These workshops will be hosted in a total of 10 schools, including and public schools, in three different areas.

Achieved Results

At the clinic and reproductive health level: A monitoring tool had been developed to monitor the number of referrals between the trauma and medical center for patients who have been exposed to SGBV. A training and development of the tools were provided within IFH’s clinics in Sweileh and Hashemi.The number of beneficiaries cannot be limited; the clinics receive about 50-100 cases every day.
At the community level, cooperation was carried out with four associations in Irbid, Mafraq and Amman; staff capacity was built with an estimated 50 employees. These associations are able to deal with the issue of early marriage in education and discussion. Awareness sessions for many of the local community were organized through the direct and theatrical lecture about 1000 of the community; 80% of them are women and girls. In addition; four female schools in the targeted areas are partners in this project. Finally, FCPS is working with eight Syrian girls in Irbid who were married under the age of 18 and thus try to help them to continue with the educational opportunities.


SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.7.1 Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15–49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods
SDG Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • SDG 5.3.1 Proportion of women aged 20–24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18
SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of women and girls (age) provided with access to sexual and reproductive health services, including modern methods of contraception
  • # of women and girls, men and boys, demonstrating positive attitudes towards ending SGBV
MNCH-related indicators
  • # of district/health facilities that use sex disaggregated data to inform health service delivery
  • # of health facilities that provide gender-responsive family-planning services
  • Women’s groups/CSOs participating in the development of strategies and/or projects
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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