A Critical Survey on Public Awareness and Compliance With Media Campaigns on Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria

A Critical Survey on Public Awareness and Compliance With Media Campaigns on Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY Pre- mature marriage, also known as child marriage, is defined as any marriage that occurs before a girl gets to the age of 18 and is physically, physiologically, and mentally ready to take on the duties of marriage and motherhood (Ibeh,2015). While more women are marrying in their thirties in comfortable nations, 20 to 50 percent of women in developing countries are married before the age of 18, with the greatest rates in West Africa and South Asia(Mathur,2003). In this zone, the background of early marriage must be understood in the context of poverty, gender inequality, cultural taboos against premarital sex for girls, religious views, and patriarchal predispositions to...
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