Addressing Adolescent Reproductive Health Care

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ADDRESSING ADOLESCENT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE

SOWK 522
Assignment #4: ADDRESSING ADOLESCENT
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE
MOROCCO

Orion C. Brutoco
April 25, 2017
Kristie Holmes Ph.D, LCSW

Child marriage, also known as Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (CEFM), by the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), is an issue of global proportions. Since, the problem itself crosses multiple aspects of a society, a multi-sector approach is recommended by USAID and many other global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to alleviate the burdens that are both causes and effects of CEFM (Glinski, Sexton, & Meyers, 2015). Child
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These religious traditions, which have become normalcies, regardless of legislation to raise the minimum age for marriage to eighteen, CEFM is still widely practiced. This presents an uphill battle that requires a multi-sector approach to address not only religious aspects, but also financial and economic factors that may limit the poorest of women from attaining the healthcare required to treat the harmful consequences of adolescent pregnancy. This puts women at even greater risk for maternal mortality, and post-natal mortality.
Many successful interventions and sustainable strategies have been proven useful in shifting perspectives both in respects to gender inequality and access to essential resources, which all have an affect on reducing rates of CEFM across the globe. In Morocco, the King has already taken initiative toward passing laws raising the minimum marriage age from fifteen to eighteen, for women, in Article 19 of the reformed “Moudawana al-Usra” (pg. 218), Morocco’s Family Code, passed in 2004 (Zvan Elliot, 2009). This is one example of how the government’s role has supported the multi-sector approach.
Since the multi-sector system brings together outside global NGO’s, inter-agencies, government, and ministries of health and justice, adolescent married girls and women have an “army of support” addressing a
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