Child marriage also occurs in parts of the , including Yemen and the rural Maghreb. Bibliography This blog post did a very good job of highlighting and explaining one of the major hindrances to gender equality and a big problem in Yemen. I saw my world crashing around me. In 2013, there was after a Yemeni human rights activist claimed an 8-year-old girl died of internal bleeding on her wedding night after marrying a 40-year-old man. Most young girls and women in Yemen do not acknowledge the fact that they are being stripped away from their rights. The removal of young women from public life so early has ripple effects, most notably in the areas of education and the economy.
But, her family fear she may be abducted. No minimum age for them to be married exists. A local judge, on receiving her case, briefly jailed the judge who had approved the marriage contract. Yemenis do not usually choose their own marriage partners. However, it might have been useful to also look at the root causes and origins of this practice to see that the lack of legislation might not be the only cause of the problem.
I don't even remember my marriage event. The NewsActivist community has moved! Within days, Arwa — a tiny, delicate-featured girl — had become a celebrity in Yemen, where child marriage is common but has rarely been exposed in public. This showed the multidimensional aspect of the problem as early marriage affects other areas of these girls' lives. Addressing child marriage Addressing child marriage requires a multisectoral approach, as the practice has deeper, more far-reaching roots than the law or religious conservatism. Such practices further disadvantage child brides, leaving them with no legal basis to receive inheritance, alimony, or child support if the husband dies prematurely or abandons his underage bride. A judge granted her request. The blog post pointed towards a legal solution to the problem outlawing the marriage of minors.
The project covered communities in Al-Sawd and Al-Soodeh districts, where only 8 percent of girls ages 15 to 17 attended school. The man raped and beat her. In early September, a emerged about an 8-year-old girl who bled to death on her wedding night after she was raped by her new husband, who is in his 40s. One of them, Tawakkol Karman, has even received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. All call for the free and full consent of both parties to marriage, a minimum age of marriage of 18, designation of child marriage as a harmful practice, and protection for the rights of children from all forms of exploitation. What made it even more unusual was that Arwa was 9 years old. It is time to change the situation, starting with prohibiting marriage under the age of 18.
While it does require the government to start adopting and enforcing laws that will improve the situation for women in countries such as Yemen, who are experiencing such inequality, the onus is on the citizens of these countries to accept the changes and comply. Ahdal once worked as a street sweeper. She was taken to live with her grandmother in the family house across town. As a side effect I was unable to study because of the fatigue of pregnancy. The state could do a lot, and there is hope, in a certain way: after months of revolution, a democratic process — indeed tenuous, is drawing up.
She ran crying from the room, but he caught her, brought her back and forced himself on her. My dream when I was young had been to become a doctor. Human Rights Watch spoke to 34 Yemeni girls and women. In April, she demanded a divorce from her abusive 30-year-old husband. Advertisement Despite the victory, Ms. Girls and women also said that they were often exposed to gender-based violence, including domestic abuse and sexual violence. Reaching Out to Young Married Women Girls who marry young are at a higher risk of domestic violence and sexually transmitted diseases, especially since sex is likely to be unprotected within marriage.
During the Arab spring, citizens asked for social reforms. Additional concerns due to the informality of the relationship — in terms of inheritance, citizenship and social recognition, for example — may make girls in informal unions vulnerable in different ways than girls who are married. One approach is to consider all women in a society. As a result, I now have severe back problems. Laila wondered what she could have done wrong.
Something must be terribly wrong, Laila thought. Today, 52% of women are married before their majority. . Teenaged boys and girls have no opportunities to get to know each other, and girls are expected to look down at the street when walking and to avoid conversations with boys. In addition to the harm it causes the girls, themselves, the practice is having a quiet, yet drastic, impact on the country. Although the new government heard the protestations, inequalities between men and women remain extremely important. A new and improved free version of our platform can be found at linkr is a Global Educational Network that links students, teachers and institutions.