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Where Arranged Marriages Are Customary, Suicides Grow More Common

June 7, 2012

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By TIM ARANGOPublished: June 6, 2012 Ayman Oghanna for The New York TimesSome deaths are not suicides but honor killings. Abdella Hassan said his daughter, recently married to a cousin, had stabbed herself, but his sons are accused of her murder. SINJAR, Iraq — With her father sitting nearby, 16-year-old Jenan Merza struggled to explain […]

End Child Marriage

May 30, 2012

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Girls Not Brides is a global partnership to end child marriage and give girls opportunities to fulfill their potential. ICRW has been involved in the Girls Not Brides partnership since its inception and is among the member organizations that support this alliance. In this video from Girls Not Brides, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond […]

Trapped after being forced to say ‘I do’

May 28, 2012

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May 28, 2012 Punitive measures against girls forced into child marriages should not find a place in government policies, programmes and practices Child brides are not criminals. They cannot be compared to children accused of committing crimes. Anyone who hears a story of a girl forced into marriage before she turned 18 will tell you […]

KYRGYZSTAN Justice Elusive for Kidnapped Brides

May 6, 2012

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By Azita Ranjbar* BISHKEK, May 4, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Even though she was kidnapped, pressured into marrying a man from a nearby village, and then abandoned without means to sustain herself and the couple’s two young children, Totugul can’t rely on Kyrgyzstan’s courts for help. Totugul’s story is common in Kyrgyzstan, especially in rural areas. […]

Egypt: New child marriage laws are a step backwards

May 3, 2012

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02 May 2012 20:46Source: member // Plan International Plan considers child marriage a ‘violation of human rights.’ PLAN Child rights organisation Plan International has expressed deep concern at new marriage laws proposed by the Egyptian parliament. An Egyptian MP has confirmed the drafting of a new law to lower the permitted age for girls to […]

Morocco Still Divided Over Marriage of Minors

May 3, 2012

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By Abderrahim El Ouali CASABLANCA, May 2, 2012 (IPS) – The widespread practice of marrying minors continues to be one of the most incendiary legal and political issues in Morocco today, causing open confrontations between hard-line Islamists and moderates throughout the country. Speaking on national television last month, Mohammed Abdenabawi, an official of the Ministry […]

Women’s rights in Mali ‘set back 50 years’ by new ‘Family Code’ law

May 1, 2012

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Opposition to legislation dashes equality hopes in West African country’s strongly patriarchal society Soumaila T Diarra Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 1 May 2012 Village voice … Binta Samake: ‘We are different from men; we don’t have the power of decision’. Photograph: Andrew Esiebo/Panos Farima Samake, a widow living in the village of Gwelekoro in the south […]