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Latest items for AOM-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

“'My marriage was [decided] without my consent before I was 10 years old and I was married at 15,' says Tachira, wiping tears away with a dirty cloth. 'It still haunts me when I talk about it'" (para 9).
Sept. 10, 2021, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"It is easier for women who have left Afghanistan. Farida Sadaat was a child bride and had her first baby at the age of 15. She and her husband later separated and she moved to Germany with her four children" (para 27).
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"To circumvent these laws, individuals reportedly bribed police or paid a bride price to the family of the girl to avoid prosecution. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), girls as young as seven were married" (p 24).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Some families entered into marriage agreements under which they sent rural girls who were 12 or even younger to their husband’s families to be under the “supervision” of their mothers-in-law" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"On September 3[2019], the NCCM announced it had received 432 complaints about child marriage cases on its hotline from 18 governorates since the beginning of the year. Families reportedly sometimes forced adolescent girls to marry wealthy foreign men in what were known locally as “tourism” or “summer” marriages for the purpose of sexual exploitation, prostitution, or forced labor"(47).
July 29, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Worse, North Carolina seems to be attracting child marriage tourism as Kentucky and other nearby states improve their laws. 'We’re becoming a sanctuary state for statutory rape,' a county official, Drew Reisinger, told me after refusing to grant a marriage license to a Kentucky couple who could not get one in their home state. The man was 49; the girl, 17" (Para 11).
July 29, 2021, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"'When we first filed this bill, one of the things we were looking at is the fact that North Carolina has become a destination place for marriage — for folks who are marrying children and for sex trafficking,' Sen. Danny Britt said. 'What we wanted to do was come up with a bill that would take us off that list and protect these children.'” (Para 3).
July 28, 2021, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-1

"[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, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"One young girl, Alea*, told Dr. Kanem about being married off at age 13. Child marriage is increasingly being used as a coping mechanism by impoverished families." (Para 14).
July 27, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The parents of a boy (usually around age 15) look for a spouse for their son (girls may be as young as 12), after which the parents of both children organize the wedding" (p 22-23).
July 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Women and girls continue to be treated as second class citizens in Iran, a UN expert says in a report to the Human Rights Council, citing... thousands of marriages of girls aged between 10 and 14 each year" (para 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...more
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"But girls married before the legal age of 18 have been omitted from the latest survey due to new child protection laws — even after the previous report found nearly 1 in 6 married girls aged 15 to 19 had faced abuse" (para 3). "Early marriage heightens the risk of domestic slavery, spousal violence, and poor health, with girls married under the age of 15 almost 50% more likely to have experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence, campaigners say" (para 6).
July 1, 2021, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"Child marriage rates are also rising as families struggle with poverty and insecurity. A recent UNFPA study across three governorates showed that one in five displaced girls, aged 10 to 19, were married. Among host communities, this number was one in eight. Abia was one of those girls – she was married off a little over a year ago, at age 14" (para 22-23).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"In Uganda, 10 per cent of girls are married before 15 years and 40 per cent are married by the age of 18" (para 19).
June 30, 2021, 9:05 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"METLATONOC, Mexico -- When Rufina Galvez thinks back to her marriage at age 15, it's not the wedding party that stands out in her mind. There was none. Just a payment in 1,000-peso bills and a case of home-brewed beer" (para 1).
June 25, 2021, 9:14 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Currently 16-year-olds may marry if they have the consent of their parents. However, Mr Javid said what he described as a legal 'loophole' was resulting in teenagers being forced into marriage – a practice he described as 'child abuse'. He said: 'The British Government is working tirelessly to end child marriage in the developing world and yet our own laws are permitting child marriage by the back door'" (para 4-6).
June 25, 2021, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"There were reports of early and forced marriages in some rural indigenous communities. UNICEF reported 30 percent of women ages 20 to 24 years were first married or in union by age 18 (7 percent of them by age 15) between 2008 and 2014" (p 18).
May 24, 2021, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Among those attending are young mothers and girls who were forced into child marriages, a practice common in Epworth and across Zimbabwe, where many under the age of 16 are married off by poor families who would otherwise struggle to provide for them" (para 4). "After losing most of her friends to early marriages from the age of 13, Maritsa looked for ways to raise awareness about the dangers of the practice" (para 8).
May 24, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The legal minimum age for marriage with parental consent is 16 for boys and 15 for girls. Marriage, particularly of women, before age 18 was common. According to a 2014 UNICEF survey, 10 percent of girls were married by age 15 and 37 percent by age 18" (p 20).
May 11, 2021, 7:35 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Among those attending are young mothers and girls who were forced into child marriages, a practice common in Epworth and across Zimbabwe, where many under the age of 16 are married off by poor families who would otherwise struggle to provide for them" (para 4). "After losing most of her friends to early marriages from the age of 13, Maritsa looked for ways to raise awareness about the dangers of the practice" (para 8).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"As for Roma girls, it is to be taken into account that the schooling rate reduces from the age of 13–14, due to various reasons, including early marriages and early motherhood" (59). The phenomenon of postponing the age of marriage, and of having children increases the number of families where children are present simultaneously with the elderly so that the couple has to work harder" (98).
March 24, 2021, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Being the daughter of a sanitation worker, who belongs to one of the most backward and outcast communities, depravation and discrimination have been a part of the 16-year-old’s life for as long as she can remember. So naturally, she was ready to give up the ‘perk’ of schooling after which she knew she parents would start talking about an early marriage" (para 3). "This conditional cash transfer scheme is exactly what young girls in Bengal need to fully enjoy their childhood and also secure their future? After all, neither the odds nor the statistics paint a favourable picture. According to government data, out of the total number of 1.73 crore...more
Feb. 15, 2021, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Each year, in El Hawamdia and other impoverished rural communities across Egypt, thousands of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 are sold by their parents to wealthy, much older Gulf Arab men under the pretext of marriage. The sham nuptials may last from a couple of hours to years, depending on the negotiated arrangement" (para 3). "The brokers, usually second-rate lawyers, also offer a delivery service. Village girls as young as 11 are brought to the Arab tourists’ hotel or rented flat for selection. Arab men travelling with their wives and children often arrange a separate flat for such purposes" (para 8).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:42 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In Zaatari camp - a city of the dispossessed sprouting in the desert - some are married before they reach their teens" (para 9). "Jordanian midwife Mounira Shaban, known in the camp as 'Mama Mounira', was invited to the wedding of a 12-year old girl and a 14-year old boy. She could not bring herself to attend. 'I felt like I wanted to cry,' she said. 'I felt like she was my daughter. I think this is violence. It's a shame. If a girl is 18 or over they think she is old and will not marry'" (para 10-11). "'These guys from the Gulf know there are families in need...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In Zaatari camp - a city of the dispossessed sprouting in the desert - some are married before they reach their teens" (para 9). "Jordanian midwife Mounira Shaban, known in the camp as 'Mama Mounira', was invited to the wedding of a 12-year old girl and a 14-year old boy. She could not bring herself to attend. 'I felt like I wanted to cry,' she said. 'I felt like she was my daughter. I think this is violence. It's a shame. If a girl is 18 or over they think she is old and will not marry'" (para 10-11). "'These guys from the Gulf know there are families in need...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:01 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"'In some Iranian tribes where child marriage is common, girls between the ages of 14 and 15 also have to take care of their families,' Zahra Rahimi of the Imam Ali's Popular Students Relief Society was quoted as saying" (para 13).
Feb. 10, 2021, 1:09 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MAAO-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-PRACTICE-1

"Child marriage is rampant in this part of Nepal. Girls are seen as a burden and an additional mouth to feed. Villagers often marry off their girls before their menstruation starts — it is believed that if they do so, the immediate family will go to heaven" (para 12).
Feb. 10, 2021, 12:44 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The local Salafi leader, whose ultra-conservative views condone the marriage of girls as young as nine, has a history of abducting Coptic Christian girls and forcing them to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men, claim rights activists" (para 2).“'Egypt has laws in place to protect girls under 18, but Salafis do not accept them,' says Amal Abdel Hadi, head of the New Woman Foundation. 'To them, a girl is only a minor until she has her first period'” (para 13).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"While noting that the implementation of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act has led to a certain decrease in the number of cases of early and forced marriage, the Committee is concerned that the State party’s declaration regarding article 16 (2) has not been withdrawn. The Committee also notes with concern the high prevalence of such marriages and that victims of child marriage must file a petition with a court to void the marriage within two years after reaching the age of majority. The Committee is equally concerned at reports that judges often authorize marriages of underage girls based on Muslim personal laws and that no legislation ensuring the registration...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

“The main focus of efforts to eliminate stereotypes and harmful practices against women is the implementation of the Impact and Resource Mobilization Strategy for the Implementation and Monitoring of the National Policy for Gender Equality and Equity, with priority attention to the issue of domestic violence, which is a major concern, especially in relation to early marriage, polygamy, levirate and acts of violence against children and older women considered to be witches” (pp. 24). “With a view to preventing such practices, on 29 July 2015 the Ministry of Family and Promotion of Women launched a national campaign to prevent early pregnancy and marriage in Angola. Campaign activities have included awareness-raising...more