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Latest items for AOM-PRACTICE-1

April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Early marriages are present among Roma. In 2013, the MHRR BIH published Guidelines for Improving the Position of Roma Children in BiH while in order to prevent early marriages phenomenon, the campaign is conducted through the programmes implemented by the institutes for health care and Roma mediators" (37).
April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Children in certain tribal communities often marry at an age below that set forth by the law" (13).
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the operation of traditional systems of inheritance alongside the Inheritance Act of 1980, as well as the persistence of early and forced marriage, especially in the eastern region" (11).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The government stated that no marriages of children under 15 were registered with the Population Registry in 2016, but there may have been some such marriages that were not registered" (40).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for girls is 13, but girls as young as nine years old may be married with permission from the court and their fathers" (37).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Marriage at such young ages was not common" (11).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for both men and women. Local authorities may authorize marriage from the age of 16 under certain circumstances, and even earlier in some regions" (48).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Although underage marriage declined considerably in past decades, it was common and occurred in all communities, albeit in greater numbers in rural and less developed regions. The media and NGOs reported that early marriage, particularly among girls, was increasing among Syrian refugee populations" (para 212).
March 18, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

This article tells the story of a woman named Khadija. It notes, "At age 6, Khadija formally married Mr. Haq, who was 15 years older — although the marriage would not be consummated until she reached age 11 or puberty, whichever came first, the family said. Child marriage is illegal, but still widely tolerated in Afghanistan."
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In rural areas and outer islands, some children married at younger ages" (10).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 18 years, but parents, with the informed consent of the minor, may secure a waiver from a judge for underage marriage. The judiciary approved the vast majority of petitions for underage marriages" (page 29).
March 7, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Suriname

"Where local customs remain a strong influence on the family unit, girls traditionally marry at or near the legal age of consent" (13).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"According to UNICEF, 26 percent of women ages 20 to 24 were married or cohabitating before age 18" (14).
March 5, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In October the Ministry of Women, Family, and Community Development reported it had set up a task force to help regulate early marriages and limit abuses" (25).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Less than 1% of women age 25- 49 had married by age 15, and only 13% had married by age 18" (51).
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"However, given the complexity of the issue, a comprehensive and participatory approach has been favoured over a punitive approach. This has led the Democratic Republic of the Congo to develop an action plan to end child marriage, which was officially presented by the Minister of Gender, Family and Children’s Affairs on 16 June 2017, the Day of the African Child. The plan, the first phase of which runs from 2017 to 2021, consists of 5 pillars, namely: (a) Support at-risk children and those already married; (b) Improve access to and the quality of social services for these children; (c) Raise awareness among children, families, traditional authorities and other opinion leaders...more
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).