THE ROLE OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN CURBING GIRL MARRIAGES: A FAMSA CASE STUDY

Keywords: girl marriage, child rights, child protection, gender inequality, developmental approach, FAMSA

Abstract

Girl marriage is a global problem which is also prevalent in South Africa. It imposes on the rights of children and is recognised as a harmful practice (United Nations, 2015). This paper reports on a case study with social workers of the Families and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA) in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng. The study concludes that the developmental approach presents a framework for social workers to curb girl marriages. Resources, coordination among stakeholders, monitoring of programmes, interventions and policies are required to curb girl marriage. A rights-based policy and enforcement and monitoring of existing policies that protect children are key to ending the practice of girl marriage.

Author Biographies

Thapelo Adua Salim, University of Pretoria
Postgraduate student, Department of Social Work & Criminology
Antoinette Lombard, University of Pretoria
Department of Social Work & Criminology
Published
2020-06-22
Section
Articles