Millions of young girls in the developing
world are married when they are still children, and as a result are denied
the ordinary experiences that young people elsewhere take for granted:
schooling, good health, economic opportunities, and friendship with peers.
Despite national laws and international agreements forbidding early marriage,
gender roles and marriage systems in many countries dictate the practice,
through which girls are deprived of basic rights and subjected to discrimination
and health risks.
This paper identifies opportunities to strengthen the media as an element of peacebuilding and offers a guide for understanding how media-related interventions can be used in a variety of conflict conditions. For this purpose, it contains the following main chapters:
- Converging realities: Gender, conflict, and peacebuilding
- The changing international context since 1998
- Gender, human rights and peacebuilding
- Key issues for transformative approaches