A Gendered Analysis of Child Marriage in Yemen


Using the social relations approach to gender analysis, this paper examines both the causes and the consequences of child marriage in Yemen. From the immediate effects of physical and psychological trauma to the long-term effects of perpetuated cycles of illiteracy and poverty, child marriage significantly threatens human security in the country.  This paper analyzes the causes of child marriage in Yemen by dissecting gender inequalities in the distribution of resources, responsibilities, and power as seen in immediate, intermediate and structural levels. The social relations approach challenges the idea that institutions, such as the family, community, market, and state, are inherently neutral and independent. Rather, they produce, reinforce, and reproduce social differences and inequalities. By challenging the ideological neutrality and independence of these institutions, a more complex image of the causes of child marriage emerges, ultimately becoming the basis for gender mainstreaming policy recommendations.

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