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Latest items for AOM-PRACTICE-1

June 30, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Nearly all Indian women marry by their late 20s, and births out of wedlock are vanishingly rare" (Para 3).
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Parental or judicial consent to marry is required for individuals younger than 18. Nevertheless, the traditional practice of “ukuthwala,” the arranged marriage of girls as young as age 12 to adult men, occurred in remote villages in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces" (35-36).
June 13, 2018, 8:41 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Her second daughter dropped out after just one year of education and was married at 14" (para 17).
June 10, 2018, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, is among 10 countries with the highest number of girls marrying before they turn 18, according to campaign group Girls Not Brides" (Para 4).
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Customary and traditional practices allow marriage of children as young as age 12, and early marriage was common in many traditional, isolated rural communities. Child brides frequently were taken as additional wives or given as brides to pay family debts and often were used as domestic servants. Child brides were particularly vulnerable to domestic abuse. Lack of resources and access to remote regions hampered the government’s ability to take steps to prevent child marriages and enforce the law" (17-18).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"While official statistics were unavailable, NGOs reported that child marriage was common in the small Romani community, with Romani girls often marrying between the ages of 15 and 17 (some as young as 13) and Romani boys marrying between the ages of 15 and 20...There were a limited number of marriages of children under 18 in Athens and among the Muslim minority, performed with the permission of a prosecutor." (23).
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Child marriage was a problem, particularly in communities of African or Asian descent. According to human rights observers, 70,000 children between the ages of 10 and 18 were at risk of forced marriage" (19).
May 31, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep, Chad, Niger

"This is crucial work since in sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of women are married as children, according to UNICEF. These girls are married off before they are physically or emotionally mature enough to become wives or mothers. Child marriage is an issue which affects girls in almost every country on the continent to a greater or lesser extent -- ten of the fifteen countries worldwide with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa. In Niger, for example, as many as 76% of girls are married before they reach the age of 18; in Chad and the Central African Republic, it is 68%" (para 4).more
May 29, 2018, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"A 15-year-old Syrian schoolgirl has been given permission by the German authorities to marry the father of her baby in the latest example of migrant child brides. The authorities in Dusseldorf have decided it is acceptable for the girl to begin 'married life' with her 19-year-old boyfriend. It is the latest example of the German authorities bending national rules to mollify some migrant cultures which condone child brides" (para 1-3). "Child protection services have reportedly supervised 12 under-age marriages in Dusseldorf over the last ten years. In one case the girl was only 14" (para 5).
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Boys and girls may legally marry at age 15, and the law permits marriage at age 14 with parental and village consent. Marriage at such young ages did not appear to be common" (12).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos

"Cultural norms of some ethnic groups contributed to 35.4 percent of girls marrying before they reached 18 years and 9 percent marrying before attaining 15 years" (22).
May 1, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"Almost one in five women aged 20-29 were married before the age of 18" (para 16).
April 19, 2018, 10:25 p.m.
Countries: Thailand

"Thai women historically have been used as chattel. F.A. Neale’s book, ‘Residence in Siam’, written in the late 19th century, explains that he witnessed fathers taking their unmarried 13 year old daughters, “having reached their expiration date”, to their shops to be “ sold to the highest bidder”, or even “sold to Arab merchants”. Dok Kaew, the practice of selling off a daughter at a young age to a male buyer – although not available until she came of age – was evident in Thailand until the ’90s" (para 5).
April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Women tend to marry considerably earlier than men in Tanzania. The median age at first marriage is 19.2 years among women age 25-49 and 24.3 years among men age 25-49 (Table 4.3). Thirty-six percent of women age 25-49 marry before their 18th birthday, and 59% marry before their 20th birthday. For men of the same age, the percentages are 5% and 15%, respectively. A large majority of women (85%) are married by age 25, while only 55% of men are married by that age . . . Both women and men in rural areas are more likely to marry earlier than their urban counterparts. For women age 25-49, the median...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Despite the assurances given by the delegation of the State party that underage marriages do not take place, the Committee notes with concern the reported persistence of unregistered child and/or forced marriage and use by judges of derogations to the legal minimum age of marriage of 18 years in cases in which the spouses have reached puberty" (pg 6).
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Afghanistan Human Development Report (2007) shows in many marriages, the girls are under 16 to 6 years old and some of the marriages are done without the consent of the girls and boys. Most of these marriages prevent girls from their civil rights such as education" (Pg 13). "From the total of 1940 registered cases within the Ministry of Women‟s Affairs during 2006-2009, 30% of the marriages occurred at an early age" (Pg 13).
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned about a bill intended to regulate marriage of minors instead of prohibiting child marriage and about the high incidence of child marriage among rural girls, which is disproportionately high compared with the national average" (pg 12).
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"It also notes with concern the prevalence of harmful practices such as child marriage in some areas of the State party and about the persistence of gender bias and gender stereotypes in the media" (5).
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia

"The Committee is concerned, however, about the challenges in its implementation, including the 18 year minimum age of marriage for women and men" (13).
March 19, 2018, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Similarly, Islamic defenders of the practice of child marriage point out that it is, like all Muslim marriages, a two-part process: a marriage contract is first completed and accepted, and at some subsequent—unspecified—time, the consummation of the marriage takes place. The implication here is that the age of the girlchild might be as young as 13 years (solar calendar) or 9 years and 8 months (lunar calendar) old, but this is not necessarily the age of consummation of the marriage: this was the format followed by the Prophet Muhammad in his marriage to 6-year old Aisha. However, there is no particular intervention or monitoring specified to make sure that consummation...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman

"early marriage has been on the decline and that the average age for marriage has increased" (6).
Feb. 14, 2018, 10:32 a.m.
Countries: Yemen

"About half are married by age 18 — and sometimes as young as age 8" (para 8).
Feb. 13, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Nearly 1 in 4 girls (or 23%) are married or in a union before the age of 18, a rate that has been stagnant for almost 30 years. Living in rural area is a risk factor. In 14 of the 32 states, the report found that 30% of girls in rural settings were married before 18. Rates vary across regions and states with girls in rural areas, where up to 30% of girls are married before 18, being most at risk" (para 4-5).
Feb. 2, 2018, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Marriages involving persons under age 18 were rare" (9).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso

"The Committee […] notes with concern […] The extremely high rate of child marriage, with 92 percent of girls between 15 and 19 years in rural areas married before reaching the age of 18," (6).
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.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).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"The high number of girls, some as young as 15 years of age, who are married every year as a result of the extensive use of derogations from the minimum age of marriage (which is set at 18 years) and the broad discretion left to sharia court judges and legal guardians in that respect" (Pg 16-17).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Because it’s a kind of tradition in Afghanistan when women turn 17 or 18 they should get married and start a new family life" (para 18).
Jan. 11, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"Tanzania also has a high rate of child marriage, where girls as young as 15 are forced into marriage" (para 3).
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Child marriage, that is marriage before age 18, is still quite common among Myanmar women: 19% of women age 20-49 were married before age 18. Among men age 20-49, by contrast, only 7% were married before their 18th birthday. Even though marriage before 18 is common, very early marriage (before age 15) is not" (55).