Rational for Combating Child Marriage

Due to economic opportunities and cultural value, marriage was predominantly conducted through traditional cultural customs rather than through a civil marriage in Amhara area. Marriage is a socially approved and legitimate means of establishing a family in the area. Orthodox Christians and Muslims also practiced religious marriage with a wedding ceremony attended by family members, relatives, neighbours and friends in which religious leaders gave the blessing of the marriage. Therefore, marriage is very important for parents, young people and the wider community. Since marriage establishes family through which a generation continues and kinship is expanded, marriage is a means of assuring future presence for parents. It has a meaning for relatives who are involved. For the society, marriage is about maintaining custom and identity. That is why forms of marriage, like child marriage, are difficult to change. Marriage has and is a social value.