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CHILD MARRIAGE IN SEVERAL ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN VIETNAM

Added by Super Admin |  13 November 2020

Child marriage is a reality in many provinces and cities nationwide, but especially in ethnic minority communities - specifically in Hoa Binh, Yen Bai, Dien Bien and Quang Tri provinces. Most married couples drop out of school early, often only finishing secondary school. Children do not have the motivation to continue their education because job opportunities after graduation are unclear and because of the fears of being unable to find marriage partners if they spend too much time in school. Most people at the research sites have a clear understanding of the law and have been introduced to the discourse on "child marriage" that labels it as an offense. Yet, many accept the risk of punishment and decide to marry, or entirely ignore the legal obligations. Local government penalties intended to deter the practice are only effective in restricting marriages for under-age married couples. They are largely unable to control the cohabitation practices of paired-off children, or couples in which the groom is of age but the bride is underage.

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Rasa.Sekulovic@plan-international.org

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