According to the Survey of Young People in Egypt 2014, a significant proportion of young women residing in rural Upper Egypt were reported to be married before 18. Early marriage deprives a girl of education and employment opportunities and places her at risk of early and repeat pregnancy, gender-based violence, and sexually transmitted infections. The present study examines the sexual and reproductive health needs of married adolescent girls (MAGs) in rural Upper Egypt and identifies key contextual and cognitive factors that could mitigate or exacerbate the effects of early marriage on their sexual and reproductive health. The report finds that MAGs in rural Assiut and Souhag are experiencing multiple social, economic, and health vulnerabilities. However, despite their dire situation, there are several windows of opportunity that could be capitalized on. The report includes a list of policy and program recommendations that could empower MAGs, address their health needs, and ultimately eliminate child marriage.
Abdel-Tawab, Nahla G., Doaa Oraby, Omaima El-Gibaly, Manal Darwish, Mirette Aziz, Amira Elgazzar, and Heba Mahmoud. 2017. "Married adolescent girls in rural Assiut and Souhag: Limited choices and unfulfilled reproductive health needs," Final report. Cairo: Population Council.
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