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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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|2228||Sun Apr 20 13:50:41 EDT 2014||kaitlin doiron||Lethbridge, AB , CA|
|2227||Sun Apr 20 10:34:47 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Ottawa, CA|
|2226||Fri Apr 18 13:57:23 EDT 2014||Alexis Maestre-Saborit||Fort Myers, FL , US|
|2225||Tue Apr 15 07:38:09 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Sinagpore, SG|
|2224||Mon Apr 14 02:54:37 EDT 2014||ismini chatzilamprou||thessaloniki, GR|
|2223||Fri Apr 11 13:21:37 EDT 2014||Lindsay Hauri||Encinitas, US|
|2222||Fri Apr 11 04:35:25 EDT 2014||Vroni Bamert||fribourg, CH||you should always do things, they make other persons also happy: Child mariage makes women sick and its a crime for there psyche and there body! Also for there babys- you will never live in a happy country More....|
|2221||Thu Apr 10 01:30:13 EDT 2014||Laura Polaco||Auckland, NZ+E7 , NZ|
|2220||Wed Apr 09 14:11:44 EDT 2014||Ann Cowell||Santa Barbara, CA , US|
|2219||Fri Apr 04 15:40:35 EDT 2014||Daniela Ortiz||San Diego, CA , US||Would you put your daughters through this? Imagine everything these poor girls have to endure.|
|2218||Fri Apr 04 09:29:15 EDT 2014||Annalisa Valente||Salerno, IT|
|2217||Wed Apr 02 21:30:05 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Indianapolis, Select a state , US|
|2216||Tue Apr 01 12:55:32 EDT 2014||Trisha Gukhool||London, GB+H9 , GB||End child marriages! Children have rights, allow them to enjoy their rights and dignity!|
|2215||Mon Mar 31 15:40:37 EDT 2014||gillian scarlett||kingston, JM|
|2214||Mon Mar 31 08:16:45 EDT 2014||anonymous anonymous||Bradenton, Select a state , US|
|2213||Sun Mar 30 18:42:25 EDT 2014||Kay Parsons||Wellington, NZ+G2 , NZ||Please, please enact this draft bill.|
|2212||Sun Mar 30 15:41:41 EDT 2014||Celine Novenario||New York, NY , US|
|2211||Fri Mar 28 11:05:13 EDT 2014||Anonymous||White Plains, US||It is a disgrace to see that in the year 2014 anyone would allow such a disgusting practice to go on. Children should be just that and it's their parents job to protect them not give them away to have More....|
|2210||Wed Mar 26 14:23:53 EDT 2014||Melanie Brown||Farmington, MO , US|
|2209||Tue Mar 25 14:52:37 EDT 2014||Melanie Brown||Farmington, MO , US|
|2208||Tue Mar 25 13:15:33 EDT 2014||Anonymous||vienna, AT+09 , AT|
|2207||Mon Mar 24 14:43:31 EDT 2014||Alexis Maestre-Saborit||Fort Myers, FL , US|
|2206||Sat Mar 22 14:42:22 EDT 2014||Domenico Borelli||Roma - Italy, ot , IT|
|2205||Sat Mar 22 00:51:35 EDT 2014||Patricia Vazquez||Mexico City, ot , MEXICO|
|2204||Fri Mar 21 09:37:06 EDT 2014||Auréile Lejeune||Vielsalm, ot , BE|