This policy brief describes the findings of a pilot study on girls’ experience of early marriage, education, and sexual behavior in rural Amhara Region, Ethiopia. The brief also discusses efforts in the region to delay marriage and promote girls’ schooling. The Amhara Bureau of Women, Children and Youth Affairs and the Population Council pilot-tested a program to delay marriage and support schooling in rural Amhara Region. The program, entitled Berhane Hewan (Amharic for “Light for Eve”), included community conversations, support for remaining in school, and conditional cash transfers if girls remained unmarried and in school for the duration of the two-year pilot. An evaluation at the end of the pilot showed significant improvements.
Erulkar, Annabel and Eunice N. Muthengi. 2012. "Berhane Hewan ('Light for Eve'): Increasing opportunities to delay marriage and promote schooling," policy brief. Addis Ababa: Population Council.
Berhane Hewan; Building an Evidence Base to Delay Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa