18 Mar 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.’
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.