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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 […]

Forced marriage: the pupils who vanish in the holidays

April 24, 2012

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Why aren’t schools doing more to educate children about forced marriage? Louise Tickleguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Jasvinder Sanghera, of the charity Karma Nirvana, talks to pupils at Landau Forte college, Derby. Photograph: Fabio De Paola When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, […]

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 […]

Where Men Now Fear to Tread

April 4, 2012

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By Hannah Rubenstein No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya. Credit:Hannah Rubenstein/IPS UMOJA, Kenya, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya; one has not for two decades. It is a village only of and […]

More families now aware of ills of child marriage – Anne Lawal

April 1, 2012

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On April 1, 2012By JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA Mrs. Anne Lawal is the Senior Programme Officer of Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, a non-governmental organization in the forefront of promoting the rights of women and girls. She spoke with Vista Woman recently in commemoration of the year 2012 International Women’s Day, highlighting progress made on issues affecting […]

Women Urge Morocco’s Parliament to Repeal Law on Sexual Violence

March 19, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012Park Ji-won, Arirang News Protesters are chanting loudly, each holding a picture of a young girl. This is a 16-year-old Amina El-Filali, who committed suicide earlier this month, after six months of forced marriage to a man who raped her. Her death sparked a demonstration by hundreds of women outside of the […]

Where Abusing Women Is "An Accepted Norm"

February 29, 2012

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Mathilde Bagneres interviews LILLY BE’SOER, founder of Voice for Change, Papua New Guinea Lilly Be’Soer, founder of Voice for Change, a non-governmental organisation for women’s rights in Papua New Guinea. Credit:Mathilde Bagneres/ IPS UNITED NATIONS, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) – Violence, torture and other forms of cruel treatment are on the rise for women in […]

PAKISTAN: Abducted and forced into a Muslim marriage

February 28, 2012

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Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRINHindus marking a ritual occasion feel increasingly threatened in Pakistan KARACHI, 27 February 2012 (IRIN) – Sixteen-year-old Ameena Ahmed*, now living in the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, does not always respond when her mother-in-law calls out to her. “Even after a year of `marriage’ I am not used […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Forced Marriages Still an Ugly Secret

January 26, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda WASHINGTON, Jan 26, 2012 (IPS) – Two years ago, 40-year-old Vidya Sri decided to leave the devastating marriage her parents had forced her into nearly two decades ago. Alone for the first time, she began an earnest quest for support groups, women’s organisations or service providers who might help her in the […]

FATA political representation: One woman talks about gender equality

January 22, 2012

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By Sumera KhanPublished: January 22, 2012 Young Dur-e-Shahwar, who is in her 20s, was only woman amongst tribal elders who gathered for a jirga in Peshawar  ISLAMABAD:In the conservative society of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) where women are rarely seen in public, Dur-e-Shahwar embraced the challenge of representing the women of Mohmand Agency […]

The New Muslim suffragettes of the United Kingdom

January 18, 2012

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By Charlotte Rachael ProudmanWednesday, 18 January 2012 An increasing number of Muslim women activists are receiving death threats, fatwas and even hate-mail from extremist male and female Muslims. Their crime: Rescuing fellow Muslim women from violent and life threatening situations. With heightened media sensitivity surrounding forced marriage, honour based violence and domestic violence we are […]

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 […]

Group in Nepal Takes Pride in Kidnapping Brides

January 11, 2012

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By Lochana SharmaWeNews correspondentTuesday, January 10, 2012 Among an indigenous group in Nepal’s western region, the human rights violation of kidnapping women and girls for marriage is still a matter of masculine pride. Stealing a bride is more honorable than eloping, one husband says. MUSTANG, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS) — Mendok Gurung, 19, says a group of […]

AFGHANISTAN Catch ’em Young, for Prostitution

January 4, 2012

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By Rebecca Murray MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Jan 3, 2012 (IPS) – Soma was a teenager in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when her grandfather arranged her marriage to a husband she had never met. Brought up in a household with no father, Soma felt she had no choice when she underwent the traditional wedding ceremony and moved […]

AFGHANISTAN Catch ’em Young, for Prostitution

January 4, 2012

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By Rebecca Murray MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Jan 3, 2012 (IPS) – Soma was a teenager in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when her grandfather arranged her marriage to a husband she had never met. Brought up in a household with no father, Soma felt she had no choice when she underwent the traditional wedding ceremony and moved […]

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 […]

An Outlet for Afghan Women Online

September 9, 2011

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: September 6, 2011 NEW DELHI — If Tabasom wants to meet other Afghan writers or to use the Internet, she faces not just a four-hour walk but other constraints. “I need to have a man all the time with me when I come to Kabul,” writes Tabasom, a woman in her […]

An Outlet for Afghan Women Online

September 9, 2011

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: September 6, 2011 NEW DELHI — If Tabasom wants to meet other Afghan writers or to use the Internet, she faces not just a four-hour walk but other constraints. “I need to have a man all the time with me when I come to Kabul,” writes Tabasom, a woman in her […]

Child Bride in Jordan Puts Daughters on Same Path

August 22, 2011

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By Iqbal TamimiWeNews correspondentMonday, August 22, 2011 What kind of mothers subject their daughters to drudgery, deny them education and threaten them with early marriage and other human rights abuses? The answer, one family’s story suggests, are women who’ve gone through just that themselves. AMMAN, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)–Fawzeya, a 70-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian woman living in a Palestinian […]

Child Bride in Jordan Puts Daughters on Same Path

August 22, 2011

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By Iqbal TamimiWeNews correspondentMonday, August 22, 2011 What kind of mothers subject their daughters to drudgery, deny them education and threaten them with early marriage and other human rights abuses? The answer, one family’s story suggests, are women who’ve gone through just that themselves. AMMAN, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)–Fawzeya, a 70-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian woman living in a Palestinian […]

Arranged Marriage Before Birth Diminishes Among Nepali Ethnic Group

August 17, 2011

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by A. Brinsky by Lochana Sharma07/18/2011 KANCHANPUR, NEPAL – Even before Phoolmati Chaudhary, whose name has been changed to avoid family conflict, was born, her parents had already arranged her marriage to a friend’s son. Arranged marriage is a custom of Nepal’s Tharu ethnic group, which Phoolmati’s family belongs to. Now, 15 years later, the […]

Arranged Marriage Before Birth Diminishes Among Nepali Ethnic Group

August 17, 2011

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by A. Brinsky by Lochana Sharma07/18/2011 KANCHANPUR, NEPAL – Even before Phoolmati Chaudhary, whose name has been changed to avoid family conflict, was born, her parents had already arranged her marriage to a friend’s son. Arranged marriage is a custom of Nepal’s Tharu ethnic group, which Phoolmati’s family belongs to. Now, 15 years later, the […]

Child marriage a scourge for millions of girls

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Lisa Anderson Fourteen-year-old child bride Lalita Saini (R) in Alsisar village, about 200 km (124 miles) north of Jaipur, India, April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage * A child is married every three seconds * Millions condemned to […]

Child marriage a scourge for millions of girls

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Lisa Anderson Fourteen-year-old child bride Lalita Saini (R) in Alsisar village, about 200 km (124 miles) north of Jaipur, India, April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage * A child is married every three seconds * Millions condemned to […]

India schoolgirl defies tradition to reject child marriage

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Nita Bhalla Sapna Meena, 15, stands in front of her house in the remote Indian village of Badakakhera in Bhilwara District in the western state of Rajasthan. TRUSTLAW/Nita Bhalla This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage By Nita Bhalla BHILWARA, India, Aug 4 (TrustLaw) […]

India schoolgirl defies tradition to reject child marriage

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Nita Bhalla Sapna Meena, 15, stands in front of her house in the remote Indian village of Badakakhera in Bhilwara District in the western state of Rajasthan. TRUSTLAW/Nita Bhalla This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage By Nita Bhalla BHILWARA, India, Aug 4 (TrustLaw) […]

FACTBOX-Child marriage threatens girls’ health and rights

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Alex Whiting Fourteen-year-old child bride Lalita Saini (R) in Alsisar village, about 200 km (124 miles) north of Jaipur, India, April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage LONDON, Aug 4 (TrustLaw) – Every day, more than 25,000 girls under […]

FACTBOX-Child marriage threatens girls’ health and rights

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Alex Whiting Fourteen-year-old child bride Lalita Saini (R) in Alsisar village, about 200 km (124 miles) north of Jaipur, India, April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage LONDON, Aug 4 (TrustLaw) – Every day, more than 25,000 girls under […]

Teenage brides suffer pain and shame of fistula

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Katy Migiro Farhiya Mohamed Farah developed a hole between her vagina and rectum, causing faeces to leak from her body, after giving birth to her first child at age 18 while fleeing gunfire in Somalia. ALERTNET/Katy Migiro This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage […]

Teenage brides suffer pain and shame of fistula

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Katy Migiro Farhiya Mohamed Farah developed a hole between her vagina and rectum, causing faeces to leak from her body, after giving birth to her first child at age 18 while fleeing gunfire in Somalia. ALERTNET/Katy Migiro This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage […]

Child ‘drought brides’ sold secretly in Kenya

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Katy Migiro A newly arrived refugee family walks to a reception centre in Baley settlement near the Ifo extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage By Katy Migiro HABASWEIN, Kenya, […]

Child ‘drought brides’ sold secretly in Kenya

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Katy Migiro A newly arrived refugee family walks to a reception centre in Baley settlement near the Ifo extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage By Katy Migiro HABASWEIN, Kenya, […]

In Focus: Child Marriage

August 8, 2011

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In Focus: Child Marriage

August 8, 2011

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Q+A: On the frontlines of Senegal’s child marriage battle

August 8, 2011

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03 Aug 2011 10:44Source: trustlaw // George Fominyen Fatou Diakhate, who was married at 13 years and now campaigns for an end to child marriage, Keur Issa, Senegal, July 5, 2011./TRUSTLAW/George Fominyen This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage By George Fominyen BALIGA, Senegal (TrustLaw) – Is it possible to […]

Q+A: On the frontlines of Senegal’s child marriage battle

August 8, 2011

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03 Aug 2011 10:44Source: trustlaw // George Fominyen Fatou Diakhate, who was married at 13 years and now campaigns for an end to child marriage, Keur Issa, Senegal, July 5, 2011./TRUSTLAW/George Fominyen This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage By George Fominyen BALIGA, Senegal (TrustLaw) – Is it possible to […]