This thematic report highlights the link between child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) and sexual abuse and exploitation of children (CSEC). It proposes a conceptual framework through which to analytically examine the various forms of sexual violence being perpetrated in the context of early marriage.
The CEFM-CSEC Conceptual Framework developed in the paper supports the analysis of CEFM as it interfaces with sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The model examines three different, at times concurrent, levels:
- Child marriage as a channel to sexual abuse and exploitation of children, also for commercial purposes;
- Child marriage as a form of sexual abuse and exploitation of children;
- Child marriage as a form of commercial and economic sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.