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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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|2246||Tue Apr 22 12:14:30 EDT 2014||Tasha Jones||columbus, Select a state , US||this is awful and needs to be stopped|
|2245||Tue Apr 22 07:35:20 EDT 2014||Ewan Criuckshank||Oxford, GB|
|2244||Tue Apr 22 07:33:52 EDT 2014||Jack Graham||Oxford, GB|
|2243||Tue Apr 22 07:32:36 EDT 2014||Hannah Richardson||Oxford, GB|
|2242||Tue Apr 22 07:31:40 EDT 2014||Danny Spragg||Oxford, GB|
|2241||Tue Apr 22 07:30:22 EDT 2014||Jake Whiston||Oxford, GB|
|2240||Tue Apr 22 07:29:29 EDT 2014||Muhammed Rehman||Oxford, GB|
|2239||Tue Apr 22 07:28:09 EDT 2014||Rosie Kaye||Oxford, GB|
|2238||Tue Apr 22 07:27:21 EDT 2014||Frank Conefrey||Oxford, GB|
|2237||Tue Apr 22 07:26:01 EDT 2014||Tia Warner||Oxford, GB|
|2236||Tue Apr 22 07:25:27 EDT 2014||Joeseph Hamlyn||Oxford, GB|
|2235||Tue Apr 22 07:24:31 EDT 2014||Theodora Lonsdale||Oxford, GB|
|2234||Tue Apr 22 07:22:54 EDT 2014||Anonymous||GB|
|2233||Tue Apr 22 07:20:16 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Oxford, GB|
|2232||Tue Apr 22 07:18:25 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Oxford, GB|
|2231||Tue Apr 22 07:14:57 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Oxford, GB|
|2230||Tue Apr 22 07:13:39 EDT 2014||Leanda Shrimpton||Oxford, GB|
|2229||Tue Apr 22 07:12:08 EDT 2014||Ken Chalmers||Oxford, GB|
|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....|