Author(s): Bilge ABUKAN Filiz YILDIRIM
Cultural practices that normalize and legitimize the occurrence of gender-based violence has been effective in worsening the disadvantaged positions of women married in childhood ages which causes them to lead a segregated life away from the societal opportunities. Some women who are unable to have control over their own lives during their marriages can be unable to overcome the difficulties they face, attempt suicide and even can lose their lives. In this study, early marriages among women is discussed in the socio-cultural and economic context and their causes and effects are explained based on the studies in the national and international literature. In addition, early marriages of women is shown associated with different forms of gender-based violence in accordance with the findings of studies in the literature. Furthermore, suggestions based on Neil Thompson’s empowering approach are offered in order to prevent early marriages, and by extent, violence as the causes and effects of the early marriages.