ESD in Yemen: BHS Project
Promoting the Safe Age of Marriage and Pregnancy
Promoting a Safe Age of Marriage
In August 2008 ESD/BHS started a safe age of marriage program through its local partner the Yemen Woman Union (YWU) in two districts in Amran governorate (Souda and Al-Sood). The program addresses the socially sanctioned practice of child marriage leading to poor health and social outcomes for young girls. The program aims to:
Improve community’s knowledge of the social and health consequences of child marriage and change community attitudes toward favoring marriage at a later age
Strengthen community support for alternatives to child marriage, especially keeping girls in school
Increase endorsement for delayed marriage by RL and nurse midwives and other community stakeholders
In 2009, a total of 40 community educators will attend a 5-day training workshop to gain knowledge and skills to mobilize their community members to mitigate this problem. To date, these community educators have completed a baseline survey of 400 households to assess their knowledge, attitudes and practices.
ESD continues to provide TA to strengthen the capacity of the YWU to establish a supportive supervision plan to assist community educators carry out their action plans, and the how this activity is being implemented, including challenges and lessons learned.