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Emory: Researchers Launch Partnership with CARE’s Tipping Point Project for Child, Early and Forced Marriage Study

Researchers at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health’s Global Research for Women (GROW) initiative have entered into a 4-year partnership with CARE’s Tipping Point Project, aimed at improving the lives of adolescent girls. Researchers will evaluate the CARE Tipping Point Project, which uses a social norms approach in Nepal and Bangladesh to empower adolescent girls and their communities to delay marriage and to promote girls’ rights.

Rollins researchers Dr. Kathryn Yount, and Dr. Cari Jo Clark, are co-principal investigators of the evaluation in Nepal. They are working in partnership with Ms. Anne Sprinkel, Ms. Elizabeth Brezovich, and Dr. Sadhvi Kalra at CARE USA;  Mr. Dipendra Sharma and Ms. Shikha Sunuwar at CARE Nepal; and Dr. Sudhindra Sharma, executive director of interdisciplinary analysts. Dr. Ruchira Naved, senior scientist of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh is leading the evaluation of Tipping Point in Bangladesh.

“Child marriage has harmful effects on women throughout their lives, in critical areas such as employment and economic agency, the risk of violence in marriage, and long-term health,” says Dr. Yount. “Intervening in adolescence hopefully interrupts a cascade of adverse outcomes for girls.”

The CARE Tipping Point Project is innovative and comprehensive, so findings from the evaluation will advance knowledge about how adolescent, family and community-oriented programming can improve the life trajectories of girls.

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