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Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of harmful practices such as child marriage" (page 6).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Some civil codes permit a minimum marital age of 14 for girls and 16 for boys with parental consent, and 18 without parental consent. With a judge’s consent, children can be married at younger ages" (p. 21).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Some civil codes permit a minimum marital age of 14 for girls and 16 for boys with parental consent, and 18 without parental consent. With a judge’s consent, children can be married at younger ages" (p. 21).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Children as young as 12 were at times married in unofficial religious ceremonies, particularly in poor, rural regions. Some families applied to courts to change the birthdate of their daughters so that they could “legally” marry" (page 60). "Early marriage also remained a problem in the Romani community; 67 percent of Romani youth ages 13 to 17 were married. The government has implemented financial support for weddings for couples older than the legal marriage age in an effort to curtail this traditional practice" (page 65).
Nov. 9, 2018, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Of the 2,400 girls surveyed in Western Bekaa, more than a third of them between the ages of 20 and 24 had been married before the age of 18. Meanwhile, of the refugee girls currently between the ages of 15 and 17, an astonishing 24% are married" (para 3).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs noted several cases of marriage under 18, especially in the south. According to the NGO League of Women of Creative Initiative, 2,000-3,000 early and forced marriages occur annually. According to the NGO, there were approximately 2,200 such marriages in 2014. The majority of these were due to cultural traditions. Many couples first married in mosques and then registered officially when the bride reached the legal age. The government did not take any action to address the issue. As reported in September, the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan issued an order forbidding mosques to conduct religious marriage rites (nikah) without an official marriage certificate, but the practice continued" (page...more
Oct. 29, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"'If you go into communities they tell you that the law went with the former president, said Lisa Camara of the Gambian rights group Safe Hands for Girls. The same is true of Jammeh's 2016 law against child marriage. 'It's taken us back to square one,' she said" (para 13-14).
Oct. 27, 2018, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"In Nampula, the province where Miss Nelmane lives, 60 per cent of teenage girls will get pregnant before they are 19, and a similar proportion will be married by that age" (para 13).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Other major human rights problems included: early and forced marriage" (page 1). "By law women have the right to choose when and whom they marry, but traditional practices restricted a woman’s choice. The law prohibits the marriage of girls younger than age 16, but this law generally was not enforced in most communities where marriages were arranged. Under certain conditions a judge may grant a special dispensation for marriage to a person below the age of consent. According to the UNFPA, 33 percent of women between ages 20 and 24 were married before the age of 18, based on surveys completed between 2000 and 2011. According to officials from the...more
Oct. 25, 2018, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Rahma “the name means mercy” is an 11-year-old Sudanese girl who was given away in marriage to a 38-year-old man in January of this year. She could not stand the beating and torture of her husband, and she sought protection from the police. A Khartoum court revoked her marriage on Sunday, July 22nd" (para 1). "Alfatih Hussein, Rahma’s lawyer, said the grounds for the court verdict is the fact that Rahma is a minor and was married off without the court’s permission, in violation of Article 40 of the Sudanese Personal Status Law. Her father admitted that his daughter's marriage was carried out without the court's authorisation" (para 2). "Sudan’s...more
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"On October 13, authorities executed juvenile offender Fatemeh Salbehi for the killing of her husband, whom she was forced to marry at 16" (para 168)
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Women enter into marriage relatively early, as three women age 25-49 years out of ten (31%) were already married by the age of 18 years; more than half (56%) were married before 22 years; and a little more than two-thirds (69%) were married by the age of 25 years exactly. However, in the age group 45-49 years, nearly two-thirds of women (63%) were married by 22 years compared to 54% among women age 25-29 years at the time of the survey" (page 47). Table 4.3 indicates that of women age 25-49, 10.4% of them were married by age 15. This number does not vary significantly by age group (page 48)....more
Oct. 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"There are no reliable statistics on child marriages in Pakistan, as few cases are reported to the police and the government does not track such figures. But according to UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report 2014, seven percent of Pakistani girls are married under the age of 15. According to figures from Save the Children, an international children's charity, more than 40 percent of Pakistani brides are under 18 and eight percent of adolescent married women are already mothers by the age of 15-19" (para. 21 - 23).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Jamila (not her real name) attempted suicide after she felt abandoned and betrayed by her fiancé - who decided, after a six-year-engagement, that he no longer wanted to marry her because she was 'not a young woman any more'. Jamila is 18 - and her family arranged her engagement when she was just 12. She was taken to a hospital in Herat by her mother and treated for poisoning last month" (para 1-2).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"By 17, she had entered into an arranged marriage. Within a year, she had given birth to a child, divorced, then remarried and divorced again" (para 3). "From the time she was young, she was the clever one in her family. She attended a public university and studied Arabic literature, married at 19, raised five children and taught at a girls’ school" (para 22).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with appreciation that the State party raised the minimum age for marriage to 18 years for girls, but, it is concerned that the practice of marriage below that age still persists in Roma communities" (Pg 16).
Oct. 5, 2018, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"But in line with bedouin traditions, the father of the girl trades his daughters for livestock of the groom's family as soon as they start having periods which might be as early as 11 or 12 years old" (para 14). "Arafat said: 'You take Zakura to Moscow, raise her until she's 12 and then you can marry her if you want'" (para 22).
Sept. 26, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"Some of its legislative actions, especially the Sindh Child Marriage Restraints Act of 2013, which penalises marriage of both males and females below the age of 18 years, have gone to the extent of challenging the ideological framework of the Council of Islamic Ideology — a constitutional body mandated to provide legal advice to the government on conformity level of the country’s laws with the spirit of the Holy Quran and Sunnah" (para 1).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:49 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Defined as formal or informal unions made before the age of 18, or having a first child before the age of 18, child marriage and early childbearing remain common in Uganda despite legislation against them. As many as three in ten Ugandan girls have their first child before their 18th birthday; more than a third marry before the age of 18. In turn, both child marriage and early childbearing lead girls to drop out of school prematurely" (para 4). "Our report shows that close relationships exist between child marriage, teen pregnancy, and the low level of education reached by large numbers of girls. It shows that child marriage is likely...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"A marriage concluded by a minor is valid if the minor attains age of majority and continues to stay married. After this point age cannot be a ground for annulment" (5). "In reality child marriage in Eritrea is not uncommon. Traditionally, although not very frequent these days, arranged marriage promised by parents between unborn children was acceptable. One statistical source indicates, in 2017, prevalence of child marriage at the age of 15 in Eritrea stood at 13%, placing the country at thirteenth in the world in terms of child marriage. Another source indicates that girls are often betrothed between the ages of 8 and 14 and conclude the marriage between...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"According to the founding father of the Islamic Republic, sexual intercourse with wives below the age of 9 lunar years is not allowed. However, “other forms of sexual pleasure” including “rubbing penis between the buttocks and thighs… of even… a nursing baby” is permitted" (para 3).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Girls between the ages of 11 and 18 told UNICEF that early marriage was the primary obstacle to completing their education. Early and forced marriages, as well as abusive temporary marriages, were more prevalent in Da’esh-controlled areas. In February HRW interviewed 20 Yezidi women and girls who escaped from Da’esh captivity; nearly all said that they had been forced into marriage, sold (in some cases a number of times), or given as gifts" (para 261)
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"According to the NGO Hope for Women, child marriage was often endorsed by Islamic scholars invited to speak at government-organized public events and on television and radio" (21).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"There have been more than 16,000 child marriages in Florida since 2001, according to group Unchained at Last" (para 20).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Illegal child marriage was reportedly common in certain social groups, particularly Roma. Media occasionally reported individual cases. There were no public policies to prevent child marriage or government institutions that dealt with the problem" (26).
Sept. 13, 2018, 7:46 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Malaysian authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim that has sparked public outrage and calls for child brides to be banned" (para.1).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Many neighborhood committees also actively discouraged the practice [of early marriage]" (para 115)
Sept. 12, 2018, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The Nordic country has a minimum age of 18, but allows 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent and permission from the county governor. A government spokeswoman said very few under 18s had sought to wed in recent years" (para. 2)
Sept. 10, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In 2017, the NGO received a further 8,870 calls, including more than 200 from or about children under 15, and gave advice regarding eight new clients under 10" (para. 3).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"While no statistics were available, reports of marriages involving a person younger than 18 years were rare" (17).