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Latest items for AOM-PRACTICE-1

April 19, 2018, 10:25 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-1

"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
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MARR-DATA-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MARR-LAW-5, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"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
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"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).
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Meanwhile, children 16 and under are still being married in Florida at a rate of one every few days" (para 5). "In fact, more than 167,000 young people age 17 and under married in 38 states between 2000 and 2010, according to a search of available marriage license data by a group called Unchained at Last, which aims to ban child marriage. The search turned up cases of 12-year-old girls married in Alaska, Louisiana and South Carolina, while other states simply had categories of '14 and younger'" (para 7).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. During the year the government amended the law to remove provisions permitting an earlier age of marriage with parental permission"(18)
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: China, Vietnam
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Nguyen was just 16 when a friend's boyfriend drugged her and smuggled her into China. She tried to resist a forced marriage" (para 18). "During CNN's trip to the border, the government called and told us the police had just rescued five girls as they were about to cross the border with a trafficker. We met the girls, who are just 14 years old. They said they were promised $600 to go to work in China by a neighbor from the same village" (para 26).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

The villages along the Vietnamese-Chinese border are a hunting ground for human traffickers. Girls as young as 13 say they are tricked or drugged, then spirited across the porous border by boat, motorbike or car (para 6). "Vietnamese girls as young as 13 are taken to China by human traffickers, to be sold as brides" (para 8).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: IRP-DATA-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The villages along the Vietnamese-Chinese border are a hunting ground for human traffickers. Girls as young as 13 say they are tricked or drugged, then spirited across the porous border by boat, motorbike or car" (para 6). "Vietnamese girls as young as 13 are taken to China by human traffickers, to be sold as brides" (para 8).
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

At 0:30 of the video text showed on the screen that said "Bangladesh is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to the impact of climate change. Around 30% of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday"(ENB-Coder Comment).At 0:53 of the video Brishti who is 14, says that her father got her married in a hurry and didn't ask a lot of questions (ENB-Coder Comment).At 0:53 of the video Brishti who is 14, says that her father got her married in a hurry and didn't ask a lot of questions (ENB-Coder Comment). At 5:25 of the video Razia, age 14 said "One day a girl ...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"A mother of two . . . ran off with a man when she was 14. She had two children, and their father is in jail for 8 years. Kesir referred to the couple as man and wife, which makes one wonder when they legally got married" (para 6).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The report . . . establishes the legal age of marriage as 15, not 18, and considers those younger than 15 to be minors" (para 5).
Dec. 6, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The UN watchdog for children’s rights condemned Iran for the pre-defined ages of puberty for girls at 9 and for boys at 15 lunar years and asked the State to increase the minimum age of marriage for both girls and boys to 18 years. The CRC also stated that an increasing number of 'girls at the age of 10 years or younger' are 'subjected to child and forced marriages to much older men.' and urged the Iranian government to 'to increase the legal age of marriage to 18 years'" (para 2).
Dec. 2, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"While polygamy is already banned in Germany, many officials 'turn a blind eye' to migrants who arrive in the country with more than one wife, the newspaper reports. This is also true of forced and underage marriages" (para 4-5).
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-1

"In Bangladesh, the Female Secondary School Assistance Project (FSSAP) was launched in 1993 with the support of the International Development Association (IDA), ADB, and the governments of Bangladesh and Norway in order to overcome these obstacles [such as girls substituting for their mothers in performing house work]. The second phase commenced in 2002, covering one-quarter of rural Bangladesh and now benefiting almost 1 million girls across the country in more than 6,000 schools (Ambler et al. 2007). FSSAP provides a stipend to girls who agree to delay marriage until they complete secondary education, at a total cost to the program of about $121 per year per girl. The results have ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, MABFC-DATA-1

"The law provides that the minimum ages for marriage are 18 for men and 17 for women"(14)