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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 […]

Akshaya Tritiya: Hotbed of child marriages

April 27, 2012

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On the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, thousands of child brides become victims of early marriage in India. Chaitra Arjunpuri Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 Child marriage dates back to India’s ancient period [EPA] “I am one of those unfortunate Hindu women whose hard lot is to suffer the unnameable miseries entailed by the custom […]

Child marriages blight Bangladesh

April 25, 2012

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By Angus CrawfordBBC News Oli, bottom right, is trying to educate parents about the perils of child marriage Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 20% of girls becoming wives before their 15th birthday, even though 18 is the minimum age allowed by law. Why? “It is the […]

Fistula – Another Blight on the Child Bride

April 20, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Bano and her cleric husband campaigning against child marriage. Credit:Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS KARACHI, Pakistan, Apr 13, 2012 (IPS) – It was personal experience that turned Gul Bano and her cleric husband, Ahmed Khan, into ambassadors against early marriage and its worst corollary – obstetric fistula which allows excretory matter to flow out through […]

The Bride Price: Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide

April 16, 2012

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Uploaded by ICRW on Mar 12, 2008 The Bride Price: Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide is a video containing moving images by Stephanie Sinclair – recipient of the 2007 UNICEF Photo of the Year – on the many issues of child marriage. Sinclair’s photos include compelling images of child brides in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and India. […]

Too Young to Wed

April 11, 2012

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WARNING: Not suitable for sensitive persons Published June 7, 2011 Stephanie Sinclair, for the Pulitzer Center Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste. Over an eight-year […]

Together we can end child marriage: building momentum in South Asia

February 22, 2012

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Every year an estimated 10 million girls are married before they turn 18. Nearly half of them live in South Asia. In February 2012, Girls Not Brides brought together over 70 organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to discuss how to create change across the region. All were united in the […]

KYRGYZSTAN Efforts to Tackle Bride Kidnapping Hit Polygamy Snag

February 12, 2012

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By Chris Rickleton* BISHKEK, Feb 11, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Legislation designed to discourage the controversial practice of bride kidnapping fizzled recently in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament. The bill lost support because a key provision could also be used to crack down on the ostensibly illegal, yet quietly tolerated practice of polygamy, according to a member of parliament. […]

Eyes that haunt: Life as seen by an Ethiopian child bride

January 26, 2012

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Tigist was just 15 when she left school and married her husband Bekele. Gillian Gaynair from the International Center for Research on Women meets them in their home in northern Ethiopia and discovers that attitudes towards child marriage in this remote and beautiful region are beginning to change. Tigist greets us with a shy smile […]

Exclusive: Letting Girls Be Girls—A Global Campaign

January 26, 2012

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By Marianne SchnallJanuary 25, 2012This week in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum will highlight a drive by The Elders to end the practice of child marriage. Girls in Rajasthan, India, where no child marriages have taken place, say villagers, since they learned of the dangers. Photo: Graham Crouch/The Elders Every year, all over the […]

Afghan Child Bride Traded to Pay Opium Debt

January 15, 2012

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By Fariba NawaWeNews guest authorSunday, January 15, 2012 Afghanistan’s opium trade impacts the daily lives of Afghans like nothing else, says Fariba Nawa in her book “Opium Nation.” In this excerpt she shares the story of Darya, a girl who was sold into marriage to settle an opium debt. (WOMENSENEWS)–In the summer of 2003, I […]

For Somali Women, Pain of Being a Spoil of War

December 31, 2011

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By JEFFREY GETTLEMANPublished: December 27, 2011 A rape victim in Mogadishu hid her identity. Aid workers say there has been a free-for-all of armed men preying upon women and girls displaced by famine. MOGADISHU, Somalia — The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of […]

For Somali Women, Pain of Being a Spoil of War

December 31, 2011

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By JEFFREY GETTLEMANPublished: December 27, 2011 A rape victim in Mogadishu hid her identity. Aid workers say there has been a free-for-all of armed men preying upon women and girls displaced by famine. MOGADISHU, Somalia — The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of […]

Every second girl a child-bride in West Bengal

September 12, 2011

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Source: Indian Express Every second girl in the high prevalence child marriage districts of West Bengal were married off before they reach 18, the legal age for girls to get wedded, a UNICEF report said. Murshidabad (61.04 per cent), Birbhum (58.03 per cent), Malda (56.07 per cent) and Purulia (54.03 per cent) are the districts […]

Every second girl a child-bride in West Bengal

September 12, 2011

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Source: Indian Express Every second girl in the high prevalence child marriage districts of West Bengal were married off before they reach 18, the legal age for girls to get wedded, a UNICEF report said. Murshidabad (61.04 per cent), Birbhum (58.03 per cent), Malda (56.07 per cent) and Purulia (54.03 per cent) are the districts […]