Child Marriage

Women Living Under Laws (WLUML) condemn the sentencing of Farzaneh Moradi, a 26-year-old woman accused of murdering her husband, to die by hanging.

Religious leaders from four different faiths – Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Muslim – denounce child marriage in a new video by UNFPA and UNICEF Nepal.

In the video, the leaders take an unequivocal stand against child marriage in Nepal, explaining that children do not have the physical, psychological or social maturity needed to enter marriage.

The announcement will be played on national television, radio and on the Internet in Nepal, a Hindu-majority country where 40% of girls are married before their eighteenth birthday.

ذكرت صحيفة "الحياة" السعودية، أن قانون الأحوال الشخصية المنتظر عرضه على مجلس الشورى السعودي قريباً، يمنع تزويج الفتاة القاصر، إلا بأمر قضائي، كما يحدد سن البلوغ لدى الجنسين بـ 18 عاماً، ويعطي المرأة الحق في اشتراط الطلاق في عقد النكاح في حال تزوج الرجل بثانية.

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مخيم الزعتري، الأردن, نوفمبر (آي بي إس) - بلغت أماني 22 من العمر للتو.

وكانت قد فرت قبل شهرين من الحرب الأهلية في سوريا تاركة منزلها في العاصمة دمشق. وبعد رحلة خطيرة استغرقت الليل بأكمله وصلت أماني إلى الزعتري، حيث يوجد مخيم للاجئين بمنطقة الحدود في الأردن، وحيث يعيش والداها واثنان من أخواتها منذ أكثر من سنة.

في دمشق، كانت تعيش مع زوجها وخمسة أطفال في شقة وسط المدينة القديمة. وكالعديد من الفتيات السوريات، تزوجت أماني عندما كانت لا تزال طفلة، فقد وجدث فتي أحلامها في سن 15 عاماً فتزوجته

During Ramadan, a great uproar took place in Nigeria over actions by the government that were interpreted as trying to legalise child marriage. During a constitutional review, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima argued that a subsection of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution should not be removed as it affects the rights of Muslim women. Section 29 of the Nigerian constitution allows Nigerian citizens aged 18 and above to give up their citizenship.

Tying the knot: an expression that for most of us evokes happy memories of one of the best days of our lives. However, the fun of planning the wedding and the heady excitement of the first weeks of marriage will not be the experience of 13.5 million girls this year. Instead, fearing threats, and encouraged or coerced into marriage as a means of protection, nearly one-in-three girls in developing countries will marry before the age of 18.

The rights of women and girls, including freedom from child marriage and domestic violence, have generated emotionally charged debates in Afghanistan over the past decade. Such debates often focus on personal opinions and experiences, or on the varied interpretations of religious teachings on marriage. This brochure provides basic facts about the impact of child marriage and domestic violence on the lives of Afghan girls and women, and on the broader economic development of the country. At the end, we provide recommendations for needed reform.

Le tableau montrant les statistiques du mariage précoce de la jeune fille en Côte d’Ivoire préoccupe les organisations de défense de droits de l’homme.

Wanjala Wafula is the founder and CEO of the Coexist Initiative, a Kenyan community-based organisation that works alongside boys and men to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence. Coexist was awarded the African Achievers Awards 2012, celebrating the successes of engaging men and boys as a means to empower young girls.

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