The More Than Brides Alliance (MTBA) empowers young people to decide if and when to get married and to make informed choices about their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
The 'More Than Brides Alliance' is a partnership between Oxfam Novib, Simavi, Population Council and Save the Children.
Its goal is to contribute to the objective, the MTBA has been working to achieve the following outcomes:
Increased access to economic opportunities for girls at risk of and affected by child marriage, and their families.
Increased access to child protection systems for girls at risk of and affected by child marriage.
Influencing legal and policy frameworks. A supportive policy and legal environment is crucial to our cause.
Young people are better informed about SRHR, including adverse effects of child marriage and empowered to voice their needs and rights
Increased access to formal education for girls at risk of and affected by child marriage
How it Operates:
Empowering at risk and already married adolescents, girls in particular, with life skills education (LSE), Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and SRHR information and peer support groups
Providing alternatives to child marriage and mitigate the impact on married girls through enhancing access to education opportunities and improving retention in school for girls through improving school safety, preventing drop-out and removal of financial barriers (e.g. linkage to incentive programs)
Enhancing access to economic and income generating opportunities for girls and their families and providing financial literacy training to girls to increase their ability and power in financial decision making
Enhancing access to improved child protection systems for girls at risk of child marriage and already married girls so that preventive and responsive measures are taken
Increasing access to quality youth-friendly SRHR services (that are available, affordable, acceptable and appropriate) for unmarried and married young people
Contribute to changing social norms that perpetuate the practice of child marriage, guided by formative research and promoted through raising awareness, community dialogue, facilitating social mobilisation and supporting collective action
Influencing legal and policy frameworks: strengthen partners and networks to conduct policy dialogue and collectively advocate towards policymakers for the development, adaptation and implementation of laws, policies and cross-sectoral action plans that reduce child marriage