Written: 2017 | Published: February 18, 2021 | Liv Tønnesen, Samia El Nagar, Sharifa Bamkar

Girls, Child Marriage, and Education in Red Sea State: Perspectives on Girls’ Freedom to Choose

This report investigates child marriage in Red Sea State, which is located in Sudan’s eastern region. Red Sea State is one of Sudan’s most gender conservative areas, and 32.2% of married women ages 20 to 49 were married before age 18. Women in Red Sea State are frequently denied an education and pressurized to get married. A staggering 89% of women there have been subjected to the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the name of tradition and culture.

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