Community-based Women Empowerment: A Successful Strategy Against Early Marriage in Blora District
Early marriage has several negative implications on women and wider society, such as reproductive health and the economy in Indonesia. In terms of health, it leads to adolescent pregnancy, risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections and experiencing gender-based violence (GBV), while in the context of economy, child marriage is estimated to cause economic losses of at least 1.7 percent of gross domestic income (GDP). According to the V, from January to June 2020, 34,000 recorded applications for marriage dispensation were recorded. (From this number, 97% were granted, and 60% of those who applied were children under 18. A specific case occurred in a village at Blora Regency, where the mindset of getting married at such a young age is natural. Society assumes that girls who have graduated from high school are ready to be a homemaker and let them follow their husbands after marriage. This article will determine how effective policy interventions can reduce the number of early marriages. It uses descriptive qualitative research by comparing community response surveys after participating in socialization activities. Based on this research, the most influential form of women’s empowerment is community-based (Srikandi Desa). This article also suggests that collaboration between stakeholders positively impacts the success of policy interventions on the dangers of early marriage campaigns.
Keywords: early marriage, empowerment, community
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