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Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18... The law allows for marriage at the age of 16 with court approval; no official marriages were reported of anyone younger than 16" (17).
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage for women is set at 15 years, as opposed to 18 years for men, under the Civil Code and the Shia Personal Status Law" (6). "[T]he Committee urges the State party:...To raise the legal age for marriage to 18 years for women and men, without exception, under the Civil Code and the Shia Personal Status Law" (6). "[T]he Committee is concerned that women and girls are discriminated against in legal provisions with regard to marriage and family relations, in particular the following...Article 71 (1) of the Civil Code and articles 99 (2) and 99 (3) of the Shia Personal Status Law, under which girls under...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18 for men and 17 for women" (21).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18 for both men and women, but persons between 16 and 18 may marry with family court approval. Marriages involving persons younger than 18 were rare. Watchdog groups believed that a small number of marriages of persons between 16 and 18 were forced by parents. To reduce these, the parliament passed a law in May 2018 requiring family court approval of marriages involving a person younger than 18" (11).
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 22 for men and 20 for women" (70). "The legal minimum age of marriage is 16 for both men and women [in Hong Kong]; however, parents’ written consent is required for marriage before the age of 21" (126). "The minimum legal age of marriage [in Macau] is age 16; however, children from ages 16 to 18 who wish to marry must obtain approval from their parents or guardians" (141).
Sept. 10, 2021, 3:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum marriage age is 18.In April[2019], Congress unanimously approved reforms to the law prohibiting child marriage. Excluding Baja California, which retained exceptions in its civil code, all states now prohibit marriage of persons younger than the age of 18 in their civil codes. The reforms came into force on June 4. Previously, some civil codes allowed girls to marry at 14 and boys at 16 with parental consent. With a judge’s consent, children may marry at younger ages"(24).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, including for citizens who marry abroad. The Domestic Violence Act of 2018 repealed provisions that enabled persons younger than 18 to marry, and criminalized forced marriage" (11).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Despite a law setting the legal minimum age for marriage at 16 years for girls (15 years with the consent of a parent or guardian or the court) and 18 years for boys, international and local observers continued to report widespread early and forced marriages throughout the country. By EVAW law those convicted of entering into or arranging forced or underage marriages are subject to at least two years’ imprisonment; however, implementation was limited. By law a marriage contract requires verification that the bride is 16 years old (or 15 years old with the permission of her parents or a court), but only a small fraction of the population had...more
Aug. 31, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Although the legal minimum age for marriage is 18, authorities did not always enforce the law. Underage marriages occurred mostly in rural areas and within Romani communities" (p 20).
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Only adults may enter into marriage, but a court may extend the active legal capacity of a person who has attained at least 15 years of age" (41).
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law sets the legal age for marriage at age 18 for boys but does not set an age for girls. In 2016 the government amended the Law of the Child to make it illegal to marry a primary or secondary school student" (p 24).
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for both men and women is 18; however, children as young as 16 may legally marry with parental permission" (23).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law allows a girl deemed to be “sufficiently mature” to marry at age 15" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is 18"(47)."According to the law, a foreign man who wants to marry an Egyptian woman more than 25 years younger than he is must pay a fine of LE 50,000 ($3,030). Women’s rights organizations argued that allowing foreign men to pay a fine to marry much younger women represented a form of trafficking and encouraged child marriage"(47).
Aug. 6, 2021, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 (16 with parental consent)" (11).
Aug. 2, 2021, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 years for men and women, or 16 with parental authorization" (p 22).
July 29, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Except they haven’t. Almost 260 years later, North Carolina still allows pregnant and parenting children to marry as young as 14 with a court order, sometimes in direct opposition to a state statutory rape law, which criminalizes sex with a person age 15 or under, with few exceptions. The state’s House of Representatives is considering a bill, which would increase the minimum age of marriage to 16 and cap age gaps with 16- or 17-year-old spouses at four years. The bill that was originally introduced would have set the marriage age at 18, with no exceptions, but the process of getting even this far has been fraught and revealed surprising...more
July 29, 2021, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Senators walked back a proposed bill that would ban child marriages in North Carolina, but amended it to match the state’s laws on statutory rape. Senate Bill 35, in its original form, would have banned anyone under 18 from marrying" (Para 1-2). "North Carolina is one of two states, Alaska being the other, that allows children as young as 14 to marry" (Para 5). "Under Britt’s amendment, children as young as 14 can still marry, but only someone four years older or less. The marriage would need to be approved by a parent or guardian with written notice given to the clerk of court, unless the minor is emancipated. The...more
July 28, 2021, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"[U]nder Iran’s laws, girls can marry after the age of 13, though the average age of marriage for Iranian women is 23" (para 15).
July 27, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage without parental consent is 18 for both boys and girls. Nevertheless, child marriage remained very common, particularly in rural areas and in the south" (p 22).
July 26, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Islamist parties in the Iraqi parliament are pushing an amendment to the personal status law that would allow men to marry girls as young as 9. Human rights activists decried the proposal, which would transfer civil matters to the jurisdiction of clerics" (para 1).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law establishes 16 years as the legal minimum age of marriage"(11).
July 23, 2021, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Macedonia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. A court may issue a marriage license to persons between the ages of 16 and 18 if it finds them mentally and physically fit for marriage" (p 27).
July 16, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18 for both men and women, although judges may provide permission for those under age 18 to marry" (p 26).
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is 18, but persons between the ages of 16 and 18 may marry, provided there are serious reasons justifying the marriage and their legal guardians provide written consent. A district court can also allow the marriage of persons between the ages of 16 and 18 if the parents unjustifiably refuse consent or in the absence of legal guardians" (p 16).
July 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"By law, a girl as young as 13 years can marry, while girls even younger can legally marry with judicial and paternal consent. In the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, over 16,000 girls aged between 10 and 14 years have married, according to official Government figures" (para 4). "Child marriage is legal in Iran. Girls can be married under age 13 with the permission of their father and the court." In the video, at 0:10-0:15, these words are written on the screen (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"According to the Penal Code Act, 2007, any person who attempts to perform a sexual act with another person who is below the age of 18 years is liable to imprisonment not exceeding 18 years" (para 26). Since sexual intercourse is generally expected in marriage, this law indicates that the minimum age of marriage should be 18 years (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"While the law prohibits marriage of boys and girls under the age of 18, many marriages of underage children took place" (p 42).
June 25, 2021, 9:14 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age to get married in England and Wales could be raised to 18 under backbench legislation being tabled by former chancellor Sajid Javid. Mr Javid said he will be introducing a private member's Bill next week to protect vulnerable teenagers from religious and cultural pressures to marry too young" (para 1-2). "Currently 16-year-olds may marry if they have the consent of their parents" (para 4).
June 25, 2021, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Indeed, when Bangladesh lowered the legal age of marriage from 18 to 16, ministers there were said to have directly pointed to our laws to justify their move" (para 7).