Child marriage is something found in all communities in Malaysia; it is also to be found in the Rohingya refugee community here.
Our community documentation on Child Marriage in the Rohingya Community in Penang sets out the many factors and issues related to child marriage.
It also sets out what is needed to tackle the issue, at both national and community level.
Putting this into practice at community level, we have partnered with PS The Children to hold a series of workshop trainings for refugee community teams. One group are women; one group are men and one group are religious leaders. Each group follows four 2 hour workshop trainings covering a number of the issues pertinent to child marriage. Each group will then produce an action plan for taking what they have learnt back to their local communities and 'spreading the word'.
The trainings began earlier this year (2020) but the last one sadly has had to be put on hold following the COVID19 pandemic and the lockdowns ordered by the government. We will pick them up again once the lockdowns are lifted.
Watch this space.