Programs for young people in sub-Saharan Africa have been directed largely toward unmarried adolescents, neglecting the fact that a large proportion of adolescents—especially girls—are married in some settings. Early marriage is a common feature of girls’ adolescence in Northern Nigeria, yet few programs are in place to support this sizable and vulnerable group. To suggest directions for future programming, Adolescent Health and Information Projects (AHIP) and the Population Council examined the lives of married and unmarried girls in two geopolitical regions of Nigeria, North West and North East. The study, as described in this report, consisted of secondary analysis of the 2003 Demographic and Health Survey for Nigeria and longitudinal in-depth interviews with girls and young women with a variety of profiles. Since 1989, AHIP has been active in undertaking programs for adolescents in Northern Nigeria. This study is a collaboration between the Population Council and AHIP in Kano, Nigeria, and is meant to serve as a basis for developing programs for married adolescents in Northern Nigeria.
Erulkar, Annabel and Mairo Bello. 2007. "The experience of married adolescent girls in northern Nigeria." Abuja: Population Council.
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