Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 09/2014

High Stakes for Young Lives: Examining Strategies to Stop Child Marriage

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

April 2014

Council on Foreign Relations


There is no single strategy for eliminating child marriage globally. Ending the practice will require a combination of legal frameworks, education policies, enforcement standards, attitude shifts, and economic incentives. Even with growing attention paid to the dangerous consequences of child marriage, a solid understanding about what works and what does not in combatting the practice remains elusive.