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March 8, 2023, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"There is still no legislative initiative to set the minimum legal age for marriage at 18 years" (10).
Feb. 24, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Constitution guarantees rights against exploitation and discrimination from all harmful traditional practices that discriminate women. No laws and policies of Nepal recognize and protect such harmful practices. State agencies and even the private persons are prohibited to make any treatment against women which undermines the fundamental freedom of women. Chhaupadi, Kamlari and Deuki system have been formally abolished and child marriage has been made illegal." (26). "Number 1 of Chapter on marriage of General Code guarantees right to marriage on own choice and full consent, and Number 2 provides same minimum age of marriage for both men and women. Number 1 of the Chapter on Husband and Wife guarantees...more
Feb. 18, 2023, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Chad, which is in the middle of the Sahara Desert, has the highest rate of child marriage in the world – 70 per cent of girls are married before they are 18, according to Unicef. Around 30 per cent of girls are married before they turn 15. This is despite a law that was passed in 2015 to criminalise child marriages. The ruling also contravenes the constitution which states that Chad is a secular country" (Para.7-8).
Feb. 6, 2023, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee [on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women] welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2015 of the State party’s previous report in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the…Criminal Code, criminalizing...child marriage" (1-2).
Feb. 4, 2023, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Government continues to combat forms of child marriages. To this effect, the Married Persons Equality Act (Act No.1 of 1996) restricts the right to marry by age and consent. In other words, a child as defined under the Age of Majority Act (Act No. 57 of 1972) will not be allowed marriage unless emancipated to marry. In this regard the Married Persons Equality Act amended section 26 of the Marriage Act (Act No. 25 of 1961) and provides that 'no boy or girl under the age of 15 years shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage except with the written consent of the Minister'". (21). "Moreover, section 226...more
Feb. 4, 2023, 8:40 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"[There are l]egal exceptions to the minimum age for marriage, set at 18 years for women and men, in the Personal Status Act, which allow for the marriage of girls at the age of 15 years" (12).
Oct. 7, 2022, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18 for women and men, but both sexes may marry at 16 with the consent of both parents exercising parental authority, or a guardian, or, in default of the latter, a court decision" (16).
Aug. 18, 2022, 4 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum marriage age in England and Wales will be raised to 18 in days in a bid to stop child brides being forced into wedlock." (1) "Under the new law, adults who facilitate marriage for anyone under the age of 18 could face up to seven years in prison as well as a fine, while the children involved will not face any penalties. The bill also prevents parents taking children abroad to get married before turning 18. It was introduced to parliament by Conservative MP Pauline Latham who claimed it would 'transform the life chances of many girls.'" (3,4,5) "The new law does not affect marriages or civil partnerships...more
July 1, 2022, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Law No. 1/1974 on Marriage stated the minimum age to marry sixteen years old for girls nineteen years old for boys. Fundamentally, underage marriage will not be approved by the Religious Affairs Office/Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA). However, it may still be held if both parents agreed" (17). "In December 2018, The Constitutional Court ruled that the minimum age of 16 years old for women to marry, as stipulated in the existing Marriage Law, was unconstitutional... The Constitutional Court has ordered lawmakers to revise the minimum age for women to marry... Should there be no revision within the deadline, hence the minimum age requirement shall be subject to the Law No....more
June 29, 2022, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"[The Committee] recommends that the State party: (a) Abolish exceptions to the prohibition of the marriage of those under 18 years of age under article 7 (2) of Law No. 16/2019, including by prohibiting a judicial dispensation of the marriage age" (16).
June 28, 2022, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"the legal age of marriage for women in Bangladesh is 18" (42).
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Since the eighth periodic report the Act on the Formation and Dissolution of Marriage has been changed to ensure that a person under the age of 18 may not enter into marriage. In 2017, the possibility to derogate from the age requirement was removed, and the rules regarding recognition of foreign marriages between parties under the age of 18, were changed" (28). No mention was made of how the laws were changed regarding the recognition of marriages were one of the parties was under 18 (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"In 44 states, children in the US can get married under the age of 18. Although each state sets its own age limit, some states allow children as young as 12 to be married off to an adult, leaving minors in a vulnerable position where they can legally marry before being old enough to consent to sex. The age of consent varies by state, but is between the ages of 16 and 18. Fourteen states' child marriage laws violate statutory rape laws, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health. Meanwhile, 11 states, including Oregon, North and South Dakota, and Alabama, do not provide marital exemptions, meaning spouses of underage children...more
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"Examples of the detrimental effect this quota causes led the sexual offense bill and child marriage bill not being passed. These women were told that these bills were against Islam, and as a result, voted against it. Only Deputy Speaker Samatar and the two other educated women mentioned previously voted for it" (26).
May 27, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"According to TCC [Turkish Civil Code], women and men who reached the age of 18 can marry without the consent and permission of anyone and those who completed the age of 17 can marry with the permission of their parents and those who completed the age of 16 can marry with the decision of the judge in exceptional circumstances and for a very important reason" (29).
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18. A court can allow a minor older than 16 to marry if the minor is mature enough to 'enjoy the rights and fulfill the responsibilities of marriage'" (27).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"...The revision was based among other things on a recommendation of the NBG to maintain one single marriage act, which would require parental approval up to the ages of 21 or 18, regardless of gender, thus prohibiting child marriages..." (42). "There is uniformity in the age of consent for all Surinamese, while the age to enter into marriage has been raised from 13 to 15 years for girls and from 15 to 17 years for boys" (43). "The maximum age for parental approval was changed into up to 21 years (previously up to 30 years)" (43). "Though the minimum age to enter into marriage has been revised in the 2003...more
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. The government prohibits early marriage even with parental permission" (13).
April 29, 2022, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"However, the Committee notes with concern: (a) The exceptions to the minimum age of marriage, set at 18 years for women and men, under the Federal Act No. 140-FZ (1997) amending the Family Code, which allow for child marriage from the age of 16 years" (14).
April 5, 2022, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for both boys and girls is 18, although girls as young as 14 may marry with parental consent"(29).
March 28, 2022, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18. Persons younger than 18 may legally marry only with parental permission and if one party is at least 16 and the other is at least 18" (14).
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law allows persons to marry at the age of 16" (25).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18" (32).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage for both men and women is 18, unless a judge gives approval for an earlier marriage. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women previously reported on the persistence of unregistered child marriages" (30).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"State lawmakers are nearing passage of a bill that could dampen the state's appeal as the go-to place to bring child brides — but would still leave it short of a national push to increase the age to 18. The proposed legislation would raise the minimum marriage age from 14 to 16 and limit the age difference between a 16-year-old and their spouse to four years"(para 2). "Reisinger said the county, which includes the popular tourist city of Asheville, is a destination for many adults and child brides from nearby states such as Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee — all of which have raised the minimum marriage age in...more
March 15, 2022, 11:02 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18" (13).
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Marriage is governed by 18 different sect-based personal status laws, and all sects allow girls to be married before age 18" (32). "There is no [national] legal minimum age for marriage... The various sects each have their own religious courts governing issues of personal status, such as marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance. The minimum age of marriage varies from age 14 to age 18 depending on the sect" (34).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18. The law allows a civil judge to authorize minors older than 16 to marry" (15).
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18. Some NGOs reported that, especially in rural areas, girls often married at or before age 18, preventing them from completing their secondary-school education. In indigenous villages, girls younger than age 18 who became pregnant could live as common-law wives with their child’s father after the man presented a traditional apology to the girl’s family, thereby avoiding the filing of a complaint to police by the family. The girls frequently married the fathers as soon as legally permissible" (17).
Feb. 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18. The law bans child marriage to prevent child abusers from using legal technicalities to avoid imprisonment by marrying their underage victims. The law allows for marriage of a minor in cases of pregnancy"(20).