Although the Ethiopian constitution explicitly states that “marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses” and the minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for both boys and girls, the laws are not always enforced.
What is the cause and effect of early marriage?
Top 6 causes of early marriage They escape and get married secretly, breaking the prohibitions. Lack of sexual education and unexpected pregnancy. To prevent legal responsibility and any punishment the young people are obliged to get married, even if one of the “participants” is thought to be too young for that.
What are the factors that encourage early marriage?
Studies have indicated that many factors are effective on early marriage and motherhood including; economic factors (poverty, unemployment) (4, 6, 17, 18), social factors (gender discrimination, school dropout, social norms, mass media, migration from rural to urban areas, the influence of peers)(4, 15, 17, 19-21), ...