Adolescent Girls Empowerment (AGE)

Rutgers WPF Pakistan’s ‘Adolescent Girls Empowerment’ (AGE) project aims to reduce the practice of early marriages. Through targeted policy advocacy, AGE advocates for a legislative change in the legal age of marriage from 16 to 18 years of age in the province of Sindh, as well as awareness raising at the community level.

Objectives of the project:

The objectives of AGE are:

  1. To create awareness and acceptance at the community level regarding the harmful social, economic and health consequences of early marriage
  2. To minimise opposition and mobilise support through strengthening the advocacy efforts of civil society for catalyzing the passing of the Bill on increasing the minimum age of marriage for adolescent girls from 16 to 18

Implementation Strategy

AGE continues to engage in advocacy activities with members of provincial assemblies, policy makers and government representatives at community, district and provincial level for the passing of the “Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013” to increase the minimum age of marriage for girls to 18 years of age.

AGE is also carrying out advocacy with the community leaders through sensitization sessions and community meetings and media to raise awareness and general acceptance of the issue pertaining to marriages of adolescent girls.

AGE is working at community and district-levels, as well as collaborates with international civil society organizations on the right of women for joint efforts to bring change and end the practice of child marriages.

Target Group:

  • Relevant policy makers - members of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh and the Provincial
  • Religious leaders and decision makers within the community
  • Media Sensitization and Awareness
  • Adolescent girls and boys
  • Parents and Family elders
  • Assembly Women’s Caucus

Geographical Coverage:

  • Karachi
  • Jacobabad
  • Matiari

Implementing Partners:

  • Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS)