Child marriage does not always occur by force

PhD defense by KITLV/VVI researcher Hoko Horii, 18 March 2020: ‘Child marriage as a choice: Rethinking agency in international human rights (Bali, Indonesia)’.

Child marriage has become an increasingly important topic on the international human rights and development agenda. Many organisations are calling for a ban, but what problem would such a ban solve?

Over the past decade, the United Nations among others has campaigned to end child marriage, regarding it as a human rights violation. ‘Currently an increasing amount of investment, time and energy is being spent on ending child marriage’, researcher Hoko Horii tells. ‘Thus, it is a crucial time to reinvestigate and reconstruct the current approach to child marriage, to ensure that it is effective.’

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The defense was an exceptional event. Due to strict measurements dealing with the corona-crisis only 25 people were present. The event was video-streamed, to allow family, friends and colleagues to witness Hoko’s defense. Watch the video here.

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