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Latest items for MARR-PRACTICE-5

April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-PRACTICE-7

"iTaukei Fijian women in rural areas, are often unfairly prejudiced by Fijian traditional customs in marriage. Once married, an iTaukei Fijian women moves from her father’s village to reside in her husband’s village and during the wedding ceremony, her family presents a “tabua” (whales tooth) to her husband’s family asking them to take good care of her. Once her husband dies, her family will again present another “tabua” to her late husband’s family as in the iTaukei customs, she must return to her father’s family. This makes them dependent on men throughout their lives, firstly, their father, then their husband, then, once they become widows, they depend on the goodwill...more
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices by launching awareness-raising campaigns, but remains concerned that such stereotypes and practices remain prevalent. The Committee is particularly concerned about the persistence of such harmful practices as child marriage, families choosing husbands and the payment of a bride price or dowry, which remain prevalent in rural and remote areas and among minority communities. It also notes with concern the re-emergence of concepts of justice (kanun) and codes of conduct that condone killings of women and girls in the name of so-called 'honour'" (Pg 5).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The Committee is particularly concerned about the de jure maintenance of... the continued practice of dowry" (pg 11).
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"After SaharGul's father died, she went to live with her stepbrother, Mohammed. Despite her hard work, Mohammed's wife resented the girl. At age 13, she was sold for over $5,000 and had to move hundreds of miles away with her new husband, GhulamSakhi. Refusing to consummate the marriage, Sahar would be drugged by her mother-in-law and raped by her husband. Facing physical abuse and torture, she was made to live in the cellar, bound, tied, and sleeping on the floor" (Pg 14). "'Amina', aged 12, was forced to marry and bear a child so that her brother could receive the dowry" (Pg 14).
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The Committee notes the State party’s awareness-raising activities aimed at eliminating discriminatory stereotypes and harmful practices, but is concerned that gender stereotypes and adverse cultural norms, as well as harmful practices such as bride price (barlake), child and/or forced marriage and polygamy, are still prevalent in the State party" (5).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, IAD-PRACTICE-1, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee reiterates its concern at the persistence of discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, such as the concept of 'the head of the household', which assigns this role to men, and the perpetuation of 'the father’s name and estate' through male heirs. The Committee notes efforts undertaken under the guidance of the Ministry of Justice with various stakeholders, the signing of road maps and the drafting of plans of action to address some harmful practices. The Committee is deeply concerned, however, about the persistence of harmful practices such as child and/or forced marriage, the sale of wives, girl...more
March 30, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"She reported that women are socialized to accept dowry as the rightful share in ancestral property" (110). "The issue of dowry is critically enmeshed with issue of female inheritance in most Asian societies. In India dowry works as a pre mortem form of inheritance (Kishwar, Stone and Rao). and as a status provider both to bride (among in- laws) and her parents (among kinship). Numerous metaphors in Punjabi folk exhibit and stress the importance of dowry in marriage. A famous folk boli (song) goes like this 'gaddi aa gyi sandookon khaalii ni bahuteyaan bhrawa waaliye' (Translation: Oh! You, new bride, you received nothing in dowry from your wealthy brothers) Rise...more
March 27, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"[The Dowry Prohibition Act] was an abysmal failure as dowries became a nationwide phenomenon, replacing bride price" (para 1).
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The Committee remains concerned about...the continued practice of dowry" (17).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"It is expected that a certain amount of the father's property be designated for his daughter's dowry and may be claimed from the brother's inheritance" (15).
Dec. 28, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"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). "Cows are everything in South Sudan. If a man is to marry, his family must have cattle to pay the bride’s family. But as security has deteriorated, cattle raiding has increased and families who have lost their livestock have been unable to marry off sons they are struggling to feed. Searching for a solution, many have turned to younger daughters as a means to acquire cattle" (para 6). "'There’s a link...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-PRACTICE-6, MARR-PRACTICE-9

"'It costs a very huge amount of money for normal Chinese man to get married to a Chinese woman,' explained Ha Thi Van Khanh, national project coordinator for the U.N.'s anti-trafficking organization in Vietnam. Traditionally, Chinese men wishing to marry local women are expected to pay for an elaborate banquet and to have purchased a new home to live in after the wedding. 'This is why they try to import women from neighboring countries, including Vietnam'" (para 16).
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

At 10:03 the video says "When a girl marries in Bangladesh her family usually pays the groom a 'dowry.' The older the bride, the more the family must pay. For many families, paying dowry is still less costly than keeping a daughter in Dhaka"(ENB-Coder Comment). At 10:16 the video says "One week after the wedding they started demanding dowry. The money that was agreed was demanded, along with a gold ring and furniture. My father-in-law demanded the 35,000 taka ($450) and the other things, or the marriage wouldn’t last. If I could have gone to their house with dowry my in-laws would have loved me. But I couldn’t. That’s why...more
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Tribal leader Abdul Wali Wali said, “Many time-worn cultural traditions are common in Zabul province; for example, the payment of high dowries, child marriages, not taking women in labour to hospital to give birth and other similar problems" (para 3).
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"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).
Oct. 24, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Indeed, in addition to the expected dowry payment, a child sold into marriage means is one less mouth to feed, a terrible choice which families on the brink, coping to survive, are finding themselves making more and more frequently as the conflict rages on" (para 5).
Oct. 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"For Mohsina’s family, marrying off their underage daughter earned a $1,300 dowry — enough to feed them for a year" (para 4). "Desperate families are increasingly selling their daughters off as child brides" (para 5).
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"For many Syrians in Jordan’s urban areas and refugee camps, marrying off girls at a young age is a desperate attempt to ease the financial burdens on families that have little or no income and are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty"(para 8). This is not necessarily due to money recieved by the family for marrying off their daughter but is possible. It could also simply be because of having one less mouth to feed after a woman is married off (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"For many Syrians in Jordan’s urban areas and refugee camps, marrying off girls at a young age is a desperate attempt to ease the financial burdens on families that have little or no income and are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty"(para 8). This is not necessarily due to money recieved by the family for marrying off their daughter but is possible. It could also simply be because of having one less mouth to feed after a woman is married off (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2, LRCM-DATA-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-2, ERBG-PRACTICE-3, ERBG-LAW-1, ERBG-DATA-2, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-LAW-1, MARR-LAW-4, GP-DATA-1, GP-DATA-6

"Women in Iran are subject to pervasive discrimination both in law and practice, including in areas concerning marriage, divorce, child custody, freedom of movement, employment, and access to political office. Women and girls are inadequately protected against domestic and other violence, including early and forced marriage and marital rape"(para 17)
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Beezly’s father has already saved up enough money for a dowry to pay the groom’s family. Because of this tradition, girls in Bangladesh are seen as a burden no matter whether the family is Muslim, like most of the families here, or Hindu, like Beezly’s family" (1). This is a quote from th narrator at 2:38 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT). "This is the man Beezly is marrying. 25 year old Shyamal picked 13 year old Beezly because he says she’s easy to control. Shyamal tells me he was offered a lot more dowry money to marry other girls. But he wanted the youngest and most innocent bride" (1). This is...more
Aug. 23, 2017, 9:29 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

“The bride price that parents receive upon marriage – often paid in cattle and cash – is also seen as a strategy to reduce poverty” (para 5).
Aug. 8, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"'Thank God, we were able to gather their gifts,' [Souad]Chikhi said. 'We were able to pay the dowry for the boy and the girl and I hope that will bring them happiness'"(para 18). This statement was given by the president of an association that provided a mass wedding (ENB-Coder Commet)
Aug. 5, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"A bride price is paid by the groom’s family to the father of the bride, which enables the transfer of responsibility of the women from one family to the other" (9)
Aug. 1, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Libyan tradition calls for a brideprice that is given all at once at the agreement to marry, rather than one part being given at the agreement, one part at the marriage itself, as is common elsewhere.[43]"
Aug. 1, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"In Morocco, whether or not a woman receives a brideprice upon her marriage depends in large part on her social class. Women from wealthy families usually receive some brideprice, though some do not.[40] Lower class women and women in rural areas often receive nothing.[41] However, in one Berber town in Morocco, people say that brideprice is necessary and there are no marriages where the woman does not receive it.[42]"
Aug. 1, 2017, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Traditionally in Algeria, a bride always received a brideprice. Everything the couple owned other than the brideprice belonged to the husband. The brideprice, however, belonged to the wife, and she kept it even in the case of divorce.[39] This is in direct contrast to the practice in Egypt, where divorced women must return the brideprice."
Aug. 1, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"In contrast to men, women are not allowed to choose whom they marry. A woman’s family decides whom she will marry, and, at the time of marriage, a bride price is paid. After marriage, women are effectively seen as property; they have few rights and little agency."
Aug. 1, 2017, 5:32 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"What is much more certain is that the increase of bride kidnapping is tied to poverty. Kyrgyzstan has suffered a lot during the transition from communism. Unemployment, particularly rural unemployment, is very high -- estimates put it as high as 40 percent. And there are similar estimates about the numbers of people living below the poverty line, around 40 percent. Because Kyrgyz marriages are traditionally very expensive, involving elaborate dowries and wedding feasts (there are often expectations to invite an entire village for a wedding feast), bride kidnapping has become a much more attractive option. If you kidnap a girl, you usually still have to pay a dowry, but the...more
July 19, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Drought-impacted families are resorting to marrying off their children as they are unable to feed them and do not have money to keep sending them to school. Furthermore, families threatened by lack of food tend to marry their daughters for the so-called 'bride price', the amount of money they receive by the groom's families in exchange for allowing the marriage. 'We have so many cases of child marriages because lack of food,' Mhula explained. 'We have situations where fathers say they go to the city to find jobs, but then they disappear. People approach mothers saying they can feed their children, but they want their daughters as brides in exchange'"...more