Going over UNICEF’s datasets, I noticed that child marriage in Lebanon is very common especially for girls and there are many factors leading to these high percentages. One of the main factors would be that different religions and sects have different minimum age requirements for marriage and the absence of laws. Religious courts regulate most cases and set the minimum age to be fifteen, however, it is worth noting that some girls are forced to get married at ages younger than that.
The below visualization shows the legal marriage age across different religions in Lebanon.
Law enforcement is a major step in decreasing child marriage. Lebanon should develop a national strategy to end child marriage
Further to inspecting the World Development Index datasets on Tableau, I was surprised by the proportion of women subject to violence in the world. Although many NGOs and organizations are working very hard on achieving equality between men and women, violence against women is still an issue that is sometimes neglected. Digging deeper into the indicators, I noticed that the proportion of violence against women is higher in countries that have no legislation to protect women or don’t abide by the existing laws.
As we can see from the below visualization, countries that enforced laws to protect against women violence had a major decrease in the proportion of violence
It is very important to increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence and build capacity of partners to prevent and respond to violence. Moreover; we should work on promoting the need for changing norms and behavior and advocating for gender equality and women’s rights.