As closer attention is paid to the lives of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, girls are found to be clearly disadvantaged, compared with their male counterparts. Burkinabé girls are frequently married at a young age, and more than one-third of married girls find themselves in polygamous unions as second or third wives, married to much older men. Understanding and recognizing girls’ realities is an important first step in planning appropriate and meaningful interventions for them. Girls who are unmarried, “promised,” engaged, or married face different constraints and merit different program approaches. This report by the Population Council aims to fill gaps in our knowledge regarding adolescent Burkinabé girls so as better serve the needs of this most vulnerable population.
Brady, Martha, Lydia Saloucou, and Erica Chong. 2007. "Girls' adolescence in Burkina Faso: A pivot point for social change." New York: Population Council.
Eliminating Child Marriage in Burkina Faso: A Plan for Protection, Empowerment, and Community Action
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