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Latest items for MARR-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The Swedish battered women’s shelter associations also provide support and protection for women who are victims of prostitution or trafficking for sexual purpose including prostitution and pornography, and for forced marriages" (page 11).
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"For women’s rights activists in Iraq, the proliferation of child marriage is a consequence of the generalized impoverishment, insecurity and the absence of functioning state’s institutions. The proposed reform would just legitimate this already widespread practice" (para 13).
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).
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Research by Global Rights estimates that nearly nine out of 10 Afghan women face physical, sexual, or psychological violence, or are forced into marriage . . . Child marriage, which increases the likelihood of early pregnancy and heightens the risk of death in childbirth, remains common in Afghanistan" (para 3). "hose who watch TV are less likely to agree with the practice of baad (the practice of giving away a daughter to another party as penalty or payment for an offence); 14.6 percent vs 29.8 percent, respectively" (para 10) (Coder comment: in the practice of baad, the exchanged daughters either become servants or brides - ARR).
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. 'It was forced on me,' she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating-so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding" (para 1-2). "'For most all of them,' says Reiss, 'marriage means rape on their wedding night and thereafter.' Reiss, now 42, says she was forced into a marriage at age 19 by her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. Lyndsy Duet, now a school ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"An increasing number of underage girls in India's towns and cities are being married off, a study has revealed, challenging long-held assumptions that child marriage in the country is largely a rural phenomenon" (para 1). "Child marriage is illegal in India, but it is deeply rooted and accepted in society, and remains widespread in parts of the country" (para 2). "Data from the 2011 census shows more than 5 million girls were married before the legal age of 18 - a marginal decrease from 2001" (para 2). "The study - the first to break down India's census data on child marriage - found nearly one out of four girls in ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"'And girls are exposed to forced marriages. For instance, if this girl comes from a family who did things for another one,' the girl must accept a boy to marry her as a sign of gratitude" (para 18).
Dec. 28, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Rebecca Amok was 15 when told by her father in 2016 that she was to marry 25-year-old Sabit, a man she had never met, because the family needed the 15 cattle his family would pay in dowry" (para 3). "Rebecca Katibo, who attended the school, was married at 15 to a man aged 29. Her father, a soldier, had been killed by a gunman in Juba and the family needed the 90 cows from her marriage in order to survive" (para 16). "Eleanor Aluel, 17, married 30-year-old Machon on 1 January this year. Her family received 100 cows in return. She had not planned to marry so young, but her ...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: China, Vietnam
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"A young woman, left, visits her mother in Northern Vietnam. She was tricked by traffickers into crossing the border to China, but managed to escape before they could force her into a marriage" (para 14). "Nguyen was just 16 when a friend's boyfriend drugged her and smuggled her into China. She tried to resist a forced marriage. For three months, she refused, even though her traffickers beat her, withheld food and threatened to kill her , she says. Finally, she relented. She says her husband was kind to her, but she never stopped missing her family in Vietnam. 'My desire to go home was indescribable,' Nguyen said. 'I agreed to ...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Vietnamese girls as young as 13 are taken to China by human traffickers, to be sold as brides" (para 8). "Girls trafficked from Vietnam can be sold as brides for $3,000 or more to the end buyer" (para 10). "Trafficked girls not forced into marriage typically end up as sex workers" (para 12). "She says that Vietnamese brides can sell for upwards of $3,000 to the end buyer and that they are often considered desirable because of cultural similarities to the Chinese" (para 17).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Vietnamese girls as young as 13 are taken to China by human traffickers, to be sold as brides" (para 8). "Outreach workers say the market is a common hunting ground for traffickers. Girls trafficked from Vietnam can be sold as brides for $3,000 or more to the end buyer" (para 10). "Trafficked girls not forced into marriage typically end up as sex workers" (para 12). "She says that Vietnamese brides can sell for upwards of $3,000 to the end buyer and that they are often considered desirable because of cultural similarities to the Chinese" (para 17).
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Several organizations including Muslim led civil society groups and the media have highlighted and documented many issues of rural Muslim women suffering as a result of the MMDA, including many instances of child marriage" (Para 13).
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:37 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"In an interview with the Iran-based news outlet Parsineh in April last year, an Iranian Baluchi woman relayed some of the perils of Iran’s current civil code. Born in poverty, she said that she was married off to an Afghan man at the age of 12" (para 1).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:25 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Bangladesh has the fourth highest rate of child marriage in the world. In terms of absolute figures, Bangladesh comes second to India for the number of girls married before they are 15" (para 3). "Shifting attitudes towards child marriage in Bangladesh is proving difficult. 'Child marriage is not really moving forward,” said Amin. “[Child marriage figures] are surprisingly high because there has been a lot of progress in a lot of other spheres – investing in schooling, reducing young births.' 'When you go to rural Bangladesh, it’s still so common. At the Girl Summit, the prime minister declared she would reduce child marriage. No attention was paid to it as ...more
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-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 5:25 of the video Razia, age 14 said "One day a girl has to get married, sooner or later. One day all the girls have to go to another house. In the village sometimes they marry a little later ...more
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Spogmai was just 12 years old when she was separated from her parents and handed over to another family. But this was no ordinary arranged marriage. Instead, she was given to a man more than three times her age in order to settle a family feud" (para 1). "The brutal Afghan custom of baad allows women and girls to be given, like property, to resolve disputes or clear debts. Human Rights Watch calls the semi-legal custom, which has no religious basis, one of Afghanistan’s “most abusive customary practices" (para 4). "In addition to being raped and beaten, she was expected to feed her new husband’s family, who were the children ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Fighters from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today" (para 1). "In January 2017, Human Rights Watch interviewed four women who said they had been detained by ISIS in 2016, for periods between three days and a month. Another woman said an ISIS fighter, her cousin, forced her to marry him and then raped her. A sixth woman said that ISIS fighters destroyed her home as punishment after her husband escaped ISIS and tried to forcibly marry her. Five of the six women said that ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Now, the shortage of women is generating a dangerous demand for brides among men desperate to marry, especially in states like Haryana, which has one of the country's worst gender ratios" (para 7).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"A teenage girl was burnt alive allegedly by her brother’s wife in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Saturday" (para 1).
Dec. 13, 2017, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"One of the victims was shot dead by the insurgents after she rejected a marriage proposal from one of their commanders while the other woman was killed after she had left the house of her in laws" (para 7).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"On Twitter, hundreds of critical tweets poured in under the hashtags #BosanmaKomisyonu (Divorce Commission) and #DevletTecavuzcuyleEvlendiriyor (State Forces Marriage with Rapists)" (para 2). "If these minors are engaged in sex with adults and if they decide to get married then there will be no charge of pedophilia. Rather, the marriage will be observed for five years and if there is no physical violence then there will be no punishment. This has been named in Turkish social media as 'marrying your rapist' law" (para 5). (Coder comment: if the man will be absolved of guilt if he marries his rape victim, he is likely to persuade, pressure, and coerce her into ...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) strongly condemns the statements of the two MPs addressing women. The first MP released a statement calling for female university students to undergo mandatory virginity tests and to submit what proves their virginity. He added that this virginity test should be conducted every year as a condition for the female university students to get their university ID. He claims that this procedure will reduce ‘urfi marriage"(para 1)
Dec. 6, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"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' . . . Shadi Sadr, the executive director of the JFI concurred: 'although the Iranian State officials claimed that these marriages occur due to cultural factors; CRC has rightfully urged the State to appropriately address the plight of girls in Iran'" (para 2-3). "The UN body said it was concerned about child sexual exploitation and abuse committed under the Iranian law which allows for a marriage between the 'father and adopted child, paving a path for sexual abuse of children.' In ...more
Dec. 2, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Germany will no longer allow migrants to have multiple wives or child brides, the justice minister has said" (para 1). "There has been increased concern over polygamous marriages in the wake of a rise in the number of migrants arriving in Germany, many from Muslim countries" (para 3). "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). "Mr Maas told the tabloid: 'We need to look very carefully. Forced marriages, we can not tolerate, and certainly not when underage girls ...more
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The shelters also offer safety to women at risk of so-called honor killings, or of being sold into marriage to repay debts, a still-common practice" (para 3). "A 19-year-old at one such shelter in Kabul fled western Afghanistan after her father tried to trade her to another family for marriage in return for a young bride following the death of his wife" (para 4).
Nov. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Chimène, from Togo, and Rokia, from Guinea, met in a Belgian refugee centre. They fled their countries to escape forced marriages" (para 1). "Chimène’s story is also dismaying. Her boyfriend helped her escape from Togo before her family could force her to marry another man, twice her age" (para 5). "But it is difficult to stem the phenomenon, says the coordinator of the Liège platform on forced marriages and honor-related violence. “I have very very few victims who will file a complaint, or expect anything from the law.” she points out. “There are virtually no figures for forced marriages and honor-related violence because people don’t file complaints. They are afraid ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Nasima, a 25-year-old woman from a village in the north of Arghistan District, told IWPR that she had been forced into marriage ten months ago as part of a Pashtun custom known as baad in which women or girls are given to another family to resolve a dispute and avoid a long-running feud. In Nasima’s case, her brother had fought and killed a neighbour’s son a year ago. Village elders had organised a traditional Jirga assembly and decided to give Nasima to the victim's brother" (para 10-11). "Sakina, a 19-year-old from a village in Zharey district, was also married against her will. She said that her father gave her to ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The law provides that the minimum ages for marriage are 18 for men and 17 for women"(14)."There were reports of children born into kwanliso political prison camps as a result of 'reward marriages' between inmates. Reports noted that authorities subjected these children to forced labor for up to 12 hours per day and did not allow them to leave the camps"(14)
Nov. 9, 2017, 9:03 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, D R Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"As of 2010, more than half of the women in LDCs aged 20-24 were married before they were 18; in some countries, the figure was 70%" (para 8). The 48 least developed countries (LCDs) according to the UN are: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Fast, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kirbati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia (TPJ - CODER ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"'Women are now aware of their rights and can raise their voices. Before [the formation of a community development committee which women are included in] we couldn't do this,' said committee president Kalpona Begum, 55.The community's meeting hall, a tin-roofed shed with a cardboard ceiling and orange tarp stretched over its concrete floor, is plastered with hand-drawn posters illustrating ways to reduce earthquake and fire risks and to combat social ills - including one image of an old man and a young girl in a red wedding veil, with a big red X marked over it"(para 17-18)."The efforts to unite the community to build resilience to climate change and disasters ...more