P4P SMALL Grant 

The role of parliamentarians in addressing child marriage practices within the framework of global citizenship education

Seblewongiel Aynalem (PI), Sonja Jogn (Co-I), Sewmhon Demissie (Co-I)

Child marriage is a known and documented problem in Ethiopia. Although some progress has been made in the past decade to decrease cases of child marriage it remains common practice. The global citizenship education (GCE) framework, with its broad understanding of human security, holds that individuals and civil society, as well as state institutions and the global community, carry joint responsibility for achieving and maintaining people’s wellbeing. GCE is well-researched in the global north, but its applicability to global south contexts has received little attention thus far. This project fills this critical knowledge gap. It examines how parliamentarians in Ethiopia are addressing child marriage in the country, and the extent to which this does or does not align with the GCE framework – and whether in fact GCE is relevant in resolving human security problems in societies like Ethiopia.

About the research team

The research team of Seblewongiel Aynalem, Sonja John (@narrfnarrf) and Sewmhon Demissie are all Assistant Professors at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia, ranging across the social work, political science and international studies, and gender and development studies departments. Their project stems from the emergence of Global Citizenship Education (GCE) as an important trans-national collaborative research theme between Bahir Dar University and Klagenfurth University in Austria.