Early Marriage – Culture or Abuse?

The project ran from 1St October 2014 to 30th September 2016 and focused on identifying the understanding and practice of early marriages among Roma. As part of the project activities, we found cultural norms in the Roma community that are related to so-called Roma (to)early marriages and possible arranged marriages. The project also focused on identifying violence linked to harmful existing practices.

The results of the study in the project served as a starting point for further project work aimed at training a wider interdisciplinary group of professionals already working with Roma families with the aim of sensing and adopting mediation techniques in the context of problem-solving because of (pre)early marriages. At the same time, the project partners prepared and implemented short educational programs (in the fields of family education, interpersonal relations, children's rights, cultural differences, and reproductive health) for primary school children. The specific value of the project was in the training and employment of a so-called Roma mediator who visited Roma families in settlements and helped to overcome problems related to early marriages, arranged marriages, generational conflicts, or violations of children's rights through mediation.

During the project, we were at the roundtables and through contributions to inform the general professional public and representatives of the Roma community about the progress of the project, its results, and new initiatives.

Interesting contributions to our work can be found on the project website www.earlymarriage.eu.

Project partners:

  1. People's University Kočevje, Slovenia (lead partner)
  2. RIC Novo mesto, Slovenia
  3. Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance, Bulgaria
  4. FormAzione Co&So Network – Consorzio scs, Italy

In 2007, the European Parliament and the Council adopted a decision establishing a specific program 'Daphne III' (2007-2013) under the general program 'Fundamental Rights and Justice' with a view to preventing and combating violence against children, young people and women and for the protection of victims and groups at risk.


Tea Sulič, Marjeta Gašperšič
07 393 45 50


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