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10 DECEMBER 2013 UPDATE: Two weeks ago, a young man reached out to the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights to stop the marriage of his 11-year-old sister, Nada (not her real name) to her 23-year-old cousin. While the Ministry has intervened in cases like this before and stopped parents from marrying off young girls, they were unable to stop Nada’s marriage as her father refused to relent and there is no law against child marriage. Yemeni Human Rights Minister Hooria Mashhour, who has been consistently raising awareness of this issue in the media, stated that as long as there is no minimum age of marriage in Yemen, her power to stop these marriages is severely limited.
Minister Mashhour continues to call for the reintroduction of the 2009 parliamentary bill that would effectively ban child marriages in the country. Equality Now and our partners, Yemeni Women Union (YWU) and Arab Human Rights Foundation (AHRF), support the Minister in her efforts to ensure that the government of Yemen lives up to its obligations under international law by passing a law prohibiting child marriage so that girls are no longer forced to undergo its harmful physical and psychological effects. Please help us renew the call upon the government of Yemen to make the rights of women and girls a priority, to pass and enforce a law prohibiting child marriage, and to ensure the safety and human rights of child brides who have ended their marriages.
|Wafa, child bride
Equality Now continues to call on Yemen to end child marriages by enacting and enforcing a minimum age of marriage law. Recent coverage in the press has highlighted the issue of child marriage in Yemen and underscored the devastating impact the practice can have on girls. Equality Now has been informed of a number of cases of young Yemeni girls who have undergone or been at risk of child marriage which has left them subject to many harmful consequences. Despite the media attention received by some of the cases the government has not passed a law setting a minimum age of marriage.
In a promising new development Yemeni Human Rights Minister Hooria Mashhour has requested the reintroduction of the 2009 parliamentary bill that would effectively ban child marriages in the country. Equality Now and Yemen Women’s Union (YWU) support the Minister in her efforts to ensure that the government of Yemen lives up to its obligations under international law by passing a law prohibiting child marriage so that girls are no longer forced to undergo the harmful physical and psychological effects of child marriage.
Please join us in calling on the government of Yemen to make the rights of women and girls a priority, to pass and enforce a law prohibiting child marriage, and to ensure the safety and human rights of child brides who have ended their marriages.
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|1783||Fri Dec 13 03:30:34 EST 2013||Tia Pearson||Wahiawa, HI , United States|
|1782||Fri Dec 13 01:32:05 EST 2013||Angela Fazzari||Portland, United States|
|1781||Fri Dec 13 01:15:08 EST 2013||Julie Mitchell||Kurtistown, HI , US|
|1780||Thu Dec 12 22:43:18 EST 2013||Susan Nierenberg||Teaneck, NJ , US|
|1779||Thu Dec 12 19:46:26 EST 2013||Cory Anderson||Winnipeg, Canada|
|1778||Thu Dec 12 17:52:37 EST 2013||Savitha Varadan||San Jose, CA , US|
|1777||Thu Dec 12 16:35:54 EST 2013||Cynthia Verhulst||tamworth, ON , Canada|
|1776||Thu Dec 12 16:00:50 EST 2013||Osai Alliances for Africa (Africa Regional Office)||Lagos, NIGERIA|
|1775||Thu Dec 12 14:59:18 EST 2013||Jeanne Thatcher||Chico, CA , US||Girls need protection and the chance to be educated in order to raise educated children who contribute to society. Early marriage denies that opportunity, and is inhumane.|
|1774||Thu Dec 12 14:34:17 EST 2013||Ina Major||Truro, NS , Canada|
|1773||Thu Dec 12 13:19:32 EST 2013||Cynthia Nuozzi||Soumagne, BE+04 , BE|
|1772||Thu Dec 12 12:35:47 EST 2013||Kelly Moyes||Mount Freedom, NJ , United States|
|1771||Thu Dec 12 11:34:28 EST 2013||Priska Mielke||Cologne, Select a state , DE|
|1770||Thu Dec 12 11:31:10 EST 2013||Aashish Lakhanpal||Chandigarh, INDIA|
|1769||Thu Dec 12 10:08:22 EST 2013||Zoyya Ahmad||Bristol, ot , United Kingdom|
|1768||Thu Dec 12 09:36:17 EST 2013||James McGinn||Bonita Springs, FL , US|
|1767||Thu Dec 12 07:42:42 EST 2013||Ingrid Lee||Marburg, DE|
|1766||Thu Dec 12 06:44:01 EST 2013||Annie McCombs||Kalamazoo, MI , United States|
|1765||Thu Dec 12 06:36:35 EST 2013||Robin Waxman||Ilkley, United Kingdom|
|1764||Thu Dec 12 05:26:48 EST 2013||Rebecca Licence||Basingstoke, ot , United Kingdom||Every child has the right to a childhood, please stop depriving them of this basic freedom.|
|1763||Thu Dec 12 05:08:55 EST 2013||Céline Thys||Liège, BE|
|1762||Thu Dec 12 04:35:18 EST 2013||Melusine Colwell||Hersham, GB+N7 , GB|
|1761||Thu Dec 12 04:17:46 EST 2013||Jens Hansen||Rosengarten, ot , DE|
|1760||Thu Dec 12 03:48:15 EST 2013||Jennifer Dromey||London, GB|
|1759||Thu Dec 12 02:50:26 EST 2013||Sonya Kosmanis||HOBART, TAS , AUSTRALIA|