This research brief describes girls' experience of early marriage, education, and sexual behavior in the Tabora region of Tanzania. Research shows that a considerable proportion of girls married early, have only limited discussions on health issues with their spouses, experience intimate partner violence, and have high unmet need for family planning. Tabora Development Foundation Trust, in partnership with the Population Council, is implementing strategies—including community awareness, support to get girls back into school and keep them there, and conditional transfers—to increase marriage age in the rural Tabora region. The goal is to identify effective, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to increase the age at marriage and increase educational participation among girls in Tanzania.
Muthengi, Eunice N. and Annabel Erulkar. 2012. "Increasing opportunities to delay marriage and promote schooling: Results from a baseline survey in rural Tanzania." Addis Ababa: Population Council.