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Latest items for MARR-PRACTICE-2

June 21, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"It is still somewhat more prestigious to have been married for a time (regardless of eventual divorce) than to have never been married” (63).
June 8, 2017, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"Marriage rates over all have been on the decline in Gaza, and divorce is on the rise because of high poverty and unemployment rates, said the head of the Supreme Sharia Judicial Council in Gaza, Sheikh Hassan al-Jojo. Hamas itself has been trying to encourage marriage by paying the equivalent of $1,500 to any male who memorizes the Quran, a bit of cash to help finance the next step in life" (p 24)
May 25, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"'We think diamonds are evil,' Bryndis [Asmundottir] says with a laugh, explaining that it is the norm for a couple to spend years together as parents before even considering marriage" (p 16)
Jan. 26, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"Liu Zhenfeng got married at 25. The usual trappings of family life followed — a daughter, a home, furniture, toys. That daughter, Song Zongpei, now 28, is taking a different path. Ms. Song shares a rented apartment in Beijing with two roommates and is focusing on her career and her finances. She does not see marriage or motherhood in her immediate future. 'At this stage, the most important thing for me is personal development,' Ms. Song said. Fewer Chinese people are getting married, a shift with profound implications for China’s economic and social life" (para 1-3). "But the marriage slump — caused in large part by China’s aging population and ...more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"Local media have reported that in 2011 some 40 percent of khula divorces — those in which the wife asks for separation — came after a husband forced her to quit her job. Those numbers are the foundation of a shift in Saudi society, argue analysts like Al Maeena. 'The girls are not marrying just to marry,' Al Maeena says. 'Once there is financial independence for women, believe me, they will not care for [restrictive marriages] anymore.'" (para 16-17).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2, CBMC-PRACTICE-1, CBMC-DATA-1

"Virtually all births in Iraq occur within marriage, since extramarital childbearing is subject to strong cultural and religious sanctions" (9).
Nov. 15, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"From a liberal point of view, the court’s ruling [civil marriage is not longer a legal requirement for religiously married citizens, see paragraph 1] may be interpreted as a positive one in terms of enhancing people’s freedom to choose the way they want to live"(para 5)
Oct. 12, 2016, 12:11 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"'If I meet a man I love, I will get married to him. I think that a girl has to learn a skill or go to school before going for marriage'" (para 21).
Oct. 8, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“Marriage is almost universal in Lesotho, but women marry more than 5 years earlier than men, on average. The median age at first marriage is 20.3 years for women age 25-49 and 25.9 years for men age 30-49” (57). “Marriage is nearly universal in Lesotho. By age 45-49, only 6% of women and men have never been married (Table 4.1). Fifty-five percent of women and 37% of men age 15-49 are currently married or living together with a partner as though married (Figure 4.1)” (58).
Oct. 8, 2016, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“The majority of women (94 percent) are currently married” (29). “The low proportion of women age 25-29 who have never been married (4 percent) indicates that marriage is universal in Bangladesh and that more than nine in ten women marry before age 30” (40). “The proportion of never-married women age 15-19 has increased from 30 percent in 1975 to 55 percent in 2014. Similarly, the proportion of nevermarried women age 20-24 increased from 5 percent in 1975 to 19 percent in 1999-2000 and then declined with some fluctuations to 16 percent in 2014” (40).
Sept. 30, 2016, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2, DSFMF-PRACTICE-4

“‘Broadly speaking, non-excision of girls is considered dishonourable in Guinean society,’ the report says. “Social pressure is such that girls may request excision for fear of being excluded or forced to remain unmarried if they do not suffer the practice’” (para 7).
Sept. 27, 2016, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“It had come as news to Prabhati that the [factory] training program involved traveling 900 miles. But some intention had hardened within her. She wanted to prove the neighbors wrong. She did not care about her marriage prospects because, after examining the marriages that surrounded her in Ishwarpur, she decided she did not want to marry at all. ‘I will go to Bangalore,’ she told her parents. ‘If I come back, then you can get me married. If I don’t come back, you can’t get me married’” (para 27-28).
Sept. 14, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“Twenty-four percent of women and 48 percent of men age 15-49 had never been married at the time of the survey” (31). “The universality of marriage in Nigeria probably reflects the social and economic security marriage is perceived to provide (National Population Commission [NPC], 1998). The proportion of women who are divorced, separated, or widowed (5 percent) is higher than the proportion among men (2 percent). Men are more likely than women to remarry after a divorce, separation, or widowhood” (31). “The proportion of women who have never married (or lived with a man) declines sharply with age, from 70 percent among women age 15-19 to 1 percent among women ...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“While marriage and cohabitation are generally considered primary indicators of exposure to the risk of pregnancy, many women in Namibia bear children outside of a stable union. Visiting relationships are common and many women have children in the context of such unions” (xxi). “The majority of respondents have never been married (58 percent of women and 65 percent of men). Thirty-five percent of women and 31 percent of men are married or living together” (25). “Marriage occurs relatively late in Namibia and a large proportion of women never marry; 17 percent of those age 45-49 have not married” (76). “The trend toward later marriage can be seen in the higher ...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“One-third of women (33 percent) and nearly half of men (48 percent) have never been married” (32). “A higher proportion of men (48 percent) than women (33 percent) have never been married. In combination, the percentage who are divorced, separated, or widowed is almost three times as high among women as among men (11 percent and 4 percent, respectively)” (49).
Sept. 14, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“One-third of women (33 percent) and nearly half of men (48 percent) have never been married” (32). “A higher proportion of men (48 percent) than women (33 percent) have never been married. In combination, the percentage who are divorced, separated, or widowed is almost three times as high among women as among men (11 percent and 4 percent, respectively)” (49).
Sept. 13, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“I have expressed my opinion about misyar (a form of legal marriage in which both men and women agree to give up several rights) in those years but now my views have changed. However, there is no fundamental change in my principled stand on this marriage. I would no longer despise women in misyar relationships but instead now I look at them with sympathy. I sympathize with every misyar woman who adopted the system because of her difficult circumstances. Woman in our country will not be able to live without a man, not because she needs someone to fulfill her emotional needs but because she needs a male guardian or ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:55 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“Twenty-four percent of women and 48 percent of men age 15-49 had never been married at the time of the survey” (31). “The universality of marriage in Nigeria probably reflects the social and economic security marriage is perceived to provide (National Population Commission [NPC], 1998). The proportion of women who are divorced, separated, or widowed (5 percent) is higher than the proportion among men (2 percent). Men are more likely than women to remarry after a divorce, separation, or widowhood” (31). “The proportion of women who have never married (or lived with a man) declines sharply with age, from 70 percent among women age 15-19 to 1 percent among women ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:53 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“While marriage and cohabitation are generally considered primary indicators of exposure to the risk of pregnancy, many women in Namibia bear children outside of a stable union. Visiting relationships are common and many women have children in the context of such unions” (xxi). “The majority of respondents have never been married (58 percent of women and 65 percent of men). Thirty-five percent of women and 31 percent of men are married or living together” (25). “Marriage occurs relatively late in Namibia and a large proportion of women never marry; 17 percent of those age 45-49 have not married” (76). “The trend toward later marriage can be seen in the higher ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:52 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“While marriage and cohabitation are generally considered primary indicators of exposure to the risk of pregnancy, many women in Namibia bear children outside of a stable union. Visiting relationships are common and many women have children in the context of such unions” (xxi). “The majority of respondents have never been married (58 percent of women and 65 percent of men). Thirty-five percent of women and 31 percent of men are married or living together” (25). “Marriage occurs relatively late in Namibia and a large proportion of women never marry; 17 percent of those age 45-49 have not married” (76). “The trend toward later marriage can be seen in the higher ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:50 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“Sixty percent of women and 51 percent of men are married or living in an informal union. About 4 in 10 men (44 percent) have never been married, as compared with about 3 in 10 (29 percent) women” (33). “A higher proportion of men (44 percent) than women (29 percent) have never been married. A lower proportion of men are divorced, separated, or widowed compared with women (5 percent and 11 percent, respectively)” (55).
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:49 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“One-third of women (33 percent) and nearly half of men (48 percent) have never been married” (32). “A higher proportion of men (48 percent) than women (33 percent) have never been married. In combination, the percentage who are divorced, separated, or widowed is almost three times as high among women as among men (11 percent and 4 percent, respectively)” (49).
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:47 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“Twenty-four percent of women and 48 percent of men age 15-49 had never been married at the time of the survey” (31). “The universality of marriage in Nigeria probably reflects the social and economic security marriage is perceived to provide (National Population Commission [NPC], 1998). The proportion of women who are divorced, separated, or widowed (5 percent) is higher than the proportion among men (2 percent). Men are more likely than women to remarry after a divorce, separation, or widowhood” (31). “The proportion of women who have never married (or lived with a man) declines sharply with age, from 70 percent among women age 15-19 to 1 percent among women ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:45 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“The percentage of women living in informal unions has increased since 2008 at every age group. Overall, the proportion of women in informal union has increased from 11 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2013 (NSO and ICF Macro, 2009)” (34).
July 27, 2016, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“The low proportion of women age 25-29 who have never been married (3 percent) indicates that marriage is universal in Bangladesh and that more than nine in ten women marry before age 30. Similarly, only 2 percent of men age 35-39 have never been married, indicating that more than nine in ten men marry before age 35” (48).
July 27, 2016, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“Table 4.1 suggests that most Sierra Leonean women marry at least once during their lifetime. The proportion of never-married women declines sharply with age, from 80 percent of women age 15-19 to 1 percent of women age 45-49” (53).
May 5, 2016, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"Generally both the women and their husbands have children with other men and women, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes in sequence" (182)
May 3, 2016, 11:32 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

"In most cases, couples living together do not have children; only one fifth have them. Cohabitation outside marriage is a preferred lifestyle for the younger generations. For many, nevertheless, cohabitation ends in marriage, at least as soon as the couple is expecting a child" (6). "The number of marriages is in distinct decline (it was 5.3 per 1000 inhabitants in 2006)" (6).
April 30, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“The 2007 IDHS shows that Indonesian women are remaining single for a longer period of time; women who marry, do so at a later age. In the 2002-2003 IDHS, the median age at marriage for women age 25-49 was 19.2 years; in the 2007 IDHS that figure has increased to 19.8 years” (xxiii). “The virtual universality of marriage is evidenced by the fact that 93 percent of woman age 30-34 are married, divorced, or widowed” (105).
April 27, 2016, 9:05 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-DATA-1

“The low proportion (1 percent) of women age 45-49 who have never been married indicates that marriage is largely universal in Sierra Leone. Divorce and separation (4 percent) are uncommon in Sierra Leone” (83).