The research project Marrying Young: An exploratory study of young Muslim women’s decision-making around early marriage was developed by the AMWCHR in response to an observed increase in the number of young Muslim women choosing to marry at a very young age.
This project sought to examine factors leading to young women disengaging from education and employment and to gain a better understanding of the decision-making process for choosing to marry young. The AMWCHR also sought to identify the impact of marrying young on health, psychosocial wellbeing and community participation. A qualitative, exploratory study was conducted by the AMWCHR to enhance understanding of how young women make the decision to marry, as well as to identify strategies that encourage their continued engagement in school.
The research project engaged 221 Muslim women – young women as well as older women from the community; of these, sixteen Muslim women had experienced forced early marriage. Service sector professionals working directly with Muslim young people or their families were also consulted.