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Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius

"Forced or early marriages were not reported to be problems" (para 63).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of early marriage in which girls as young as 14 and boys as young as 16 married with parental consent" (37).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Girls’ enrollment was lower than that of boys at all levels due to poverty, cultural preference to educate boys, early marriage of girls, and sexual harassment of girls" (page 22). "Authorities did not effectively enforce the law, particularly in rural areas, and underage marriage was a problem throughout the country. According to the UN Population Fund, 55 percent of women between ages 20 and 24 were married by age 18. In some regions of the country, girls married as young as age 10. It was common practice in the country for a 14-year-old girl to marry a man twice her age. According to local human rights organizations, judicial officials frequently...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"In partnership with international donors, the government operated a free alternative basic education program which, for those unable to access formal education, taught life skills such as health, hygiene, birth control, and the merits of delayed marriage. During the year, the government distributed to those enrolled in formal education a parentteacher association manual promoting delayed marriage. Mass media campaigns were conducted in target communities, especially in rural areas, to educate citizens about the negative consequences of child marriage. Nevertheless, underage marriage remained a problem, especially in rural areas. According to a 2015 UNICEF report, 11 percent of women ages 20 to 24 were married by age 15 and 38 percent...more
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Marriages were more common in indigenous and rural populations for those younger than 18" (page 24).
Jan. 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"440,000 girls under the age of 18 have become mothers since 2002, 15,937 of them below the age of 15" (para 19).
Jan. 9, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"When Fati was 12-years old, her father removed her from school in Niamey and sent her to Nigeria to marry a 40-year-old man. A year later, she was hospitalized with injuries inflicted by her new husband" (para 1). "Aichatou had to leave school at age 15 after she was forced to marry a 30-year-old man. At age 16, shortly after giving birth to her first child, she was widowed" (para 3).
Jan. 7, 2019, 12:03 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia

"'Child marriage practices in Malaysia are often driven by poverty, patriarchal structures, customs and misconceptions around pre-marital sex.' 'To help a child climb out of poverty, you must educate her, not marry her,' one 15-year-old bride told the Special Rapporteur" (para 3-4).
Jan. 3, 2019, 2:19 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In the remote north of Vietnam, girls are disappearing. These girls, some as young as 13, are victims of bride trafficking, having been kidnapped and taken to China to be sold into marriage. According to child rights organisation Plan International, this type of forced marriage has been growing slowly but steadily over the past decade" (para 1-2).
Jan. 2, 2019, 10:32 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Leblouh is intimately linked to early or child marriage and often involves a girl of five, seven or nine being obliged to eat excessively to achieve female roundness and corpulence, so that she can be married off as young as possible. The weight gain is believed to accelerate puberty and make younger girls appear more womanly" (para 6).
Jan. 2, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has once again urged Brunei to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18, in light of the Malaysian government saying it will take steps to eradicate child marriage. Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF’s special representative to Brunei, said the UN Committee on the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) had already made this recommendation to the Brunei government before" (para 1-2). "In its written response to the UN, the Brunei government said it had no immediate plans to raise the minimum age of marriage, explaining that Islamic law as well as the diverse religious and cultural backgrounds of people living in the country...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways" (para 7). "A 2012 United Nations survey found that more than half of Malawi's girls were married before the age of 18. It ranked Malawi 8th out of 20 countries thought to have the highest child-marriage rates in the world" (para 9). "According to Kachindamoto, who has banned these kinds of cleansing rituals, girls as young as seven are sometimes sent to these places" (para 20) Cleansing ritual takes place before marriage (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 14, 2018, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"Malawi has one of the highest incidents of child marriage in the world with 1 in 2 girls getting married before the age of 18. The practice is closely linked to poverty where, in the rural areas, girls are married off to improve their families’ financial situations" (para 4).
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

"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).