The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for AOM-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In January[2019], following a tip from a neighborhood watch initiative, police and NGO workers rescued a 12-year-old girl in Kajiado who had been forced to marry a 35-year-old man. Police arrested and charged the victim’s mother and the mother’s partner with submitting a child to a sexual act, child marriage, and child rape"(40).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In some parts of Somalia, a young girl can get married as young as when she reaches puberty" (1).
Nov. 11, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reported cases of forced marriage"(22).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported children as young as 12 married in unofficial religious ceremonies, particularly in poor and rural regions and among the Syrian population living in the country" (57).
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The minimum age of marriage is 16 years for minors’ living on their own. Underage marriage is not uncommon in the Romani community. In 2018 Catalan police assisted 14 victims of forced marriage, four of whom were minors" (17).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18. A court may grant a child as young as 16 permission to marry if it finds marriage to be in the child’s interest. Romani rights groups reported early marriages involving girls younger than 18 were common in the Romani community" (45).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In June 2013, the Afghan Parliament considered and rejected a measure that would have made it illegal for men to marry girls under the age of 16. Opponents believed the measure went against Islamic principles" (12). "The traditions which lead to child or forced marriages such as BAAD (giving girls as blood price), BADAL (marriage of one boy and one girl with another girl and boy from the other family respectively) and exchange of girls for money, properties, land or loans do exist in the country" (13). "Afghanistan Human Development Report (2007) shows in many marriages, the girls are under 16 to 6 years old and some of the marriages...more
Sept. 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The minimum age to marry without parental consent is 16 for girls and 18 for boys. A 15-year-old girl may marry with parental consent if a civil judge approves. Authorities did not effectively enforce the law, particularly in rural areas, and underage marriage was a problem throughout the country. Girls were also taken as ‘wives’ for combatants and leaders of armed groups. According to 2017 data from the UN Population Fund, 52 percent of women were married by the age of 18 and 17 percent before the age of 15. In some regions of the country, especially Kayes and Koulikoro, girls married as young as 10. It was common practice...more
Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Some members of the Romani community married before reaching legal age" (17).
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains deeply concerned about the fact that:...The practices of child and forced marriage, baad (settlement of disputes by 'giving away' girls) and badal (exchange marriages) continue and that perpetrators enjoy impunity for such crimes; (d) Women and girls who try to escape from child or forced marriage or domestic violence are revictimized and that women and girls who are victims of rape are often charged with engaging in extramarital relations (zina)" (6). "[T]he Committee urges the State party:...To address the root causes of child marriage, such as poverty, the lack of security and poor education; conduct rights-based awareness-raising campaigns to prevent child marriage; and take gender-responsive action to...more
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).