My name is Nour. I'm 16, have been married for 1 year, and have a newborn baby. There are other girls like me in my community and people have certain ideas about how we married girls should live our lives.
The information shared on this visualization tool is based on a study done by IRC in the Bekaa region of Lebanon to better understand different components of early marriage affecting married and engaged adolescent girls. It also aimed to better understand the needs and interests of those girls and how IRC can better respond.
People in my life
“Now that we have seen what people in my life think, let’s look at the reasons why girls like me are getting married.”
early marriage protects the girl’s honor as young as possible (السترة)
Economic situation of the family, one less child to feed
No privacy or space in the tent to fit the whole family
“Now that I’m married, I don’t get to do the same activities that I did before. Let’s explore the barriers I face when trying to access services and activities.
Married girls like me have particular challenges and barriers in accessing services and activities as we just saw. IRC talked to different people in my life and in the lives of other married girls to figure out ways to better reach us. The biggest need was changing how outreach could be done with husbands, mothers-in-law, fathers, and mothers to increase their acceptance of participation. So IRC developed a new outreach strategy.
Outreach strategy refined based on FGDs' results
The married and engaged adolescent girls prioritized their topics of interests and needs in the following order:
Based on the adolescent girls’ feedback, the sessions of the Tailored Life Skills Package were developed as follows:
Module 1: Introduction and trust building
Introduction and pre-assessment
Introduction and trust building
Module 2: Self-esteem and friendship
Expressing identity and self-esteem
Making and keeping friends
Module 3: Communication in healthy relationships
Power balance in relationships
Module 4: Coping with stress & dealing with emotions
Understanding and managing emotions
Coping with stress
Module 5: Problem solving and decision making
Module 6: Time and money management
Module 7: Reproductive health
Reproductive health 1
Reproductive health 2
Module 8: Pregnancy care and family planning
Module 9: Our safety in GBV contexts
Types of violence and possible strategies
No to abuse, yes to safer future
Info session: Marriage and birth registration