The first round-up… Daily Database 1/3-4/2018

Bill aims to end child marriage in Florida

Currently, Florida law allows children at least 16-years-old to get married if they have parental consent or if they have or are expecting a child together. The Human Rights Watch organization says the law has life-changing consequences: Girls dropping out of school when they get married;
Irish project helping to end child marriage in Nepal

IN NEPAL 10% of girls are married before the age of 15 and 37% are married before the age of 18, according to Unicef figures.

This is despite the fact the legal age for marriage in the country is 20 for both men and women.

Poverty is the main factor that drives child marriage, as well as being a consequence of it. According to Girls Not Brides – a global partnership of 800 civil society organisations committed to ending child marriage – girls from richer families marry, on average, two years later than those from the poorest families.

However, some communities who live in poverty are challenging this tradition. Action Aid has just completed a 12-year programme in Bara, Nepal, which was funded by hundreds of Irish people through child sponsorship.

People practicing child marriage to be ostracized and penalized

BAJHANG, Jan 3: Holding placards with the slogans “end child marriage, shape beautiful future,” women of Bugal Municipality, Bajhang are conducting door-to-door campaigns urging the locals to abolish child marriage. As a part of the campaign, these women have decided to ostracize and penalize the families still practicing child marriage.

Turkish child marriage religious document sparks anger

Turkey’s main opposition party has called for a parliamentary inquiry after the directorate of religious affairs said that, under Islamic law, girls as young as nine could marry. The comments by the Diyanet prompted an outpouring of anger on social media from Turkish women’s groups.
Outrage in Turkey over ‘child marriage green light’

Turkey’s religious affairs state agency has been slammed for reprtedly saying that girls as young as nine could marry under Islamic law. Source: Getty Images. Turkey’s religious affairs state agency came under heavy criticism from the main opposition party after it reportedly said girls as young as nine …

NHRC asks state governments to take steps to elimnate child marriage

BHUBANESWAR: Worried over largescale prevalence of child-marriage in eastern states, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday asked the state governments to adopt ‘zero tolerance’ policy to curb the social menace.

NHRC asks States to educate girls to eradicate child marriage

Expressing concern over the deep-rooted practice at the first two-day regional conference on child marriagehere, NHRC member Sharad Chandra Sinha said more active Child Marriage Prohibition Officers needs to be appointed in the States as guided by the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.

How Pakistan is failing its child brides

Faizullah Korejo, a senior superintendent of police in Karachi’s South Zone, says that selective and flawed implementation of the law against child marriages is partly rooted in a hazily defined role for the police. This confusion stops police officers from intervening to prevent a child marriage on their own

Girls Can Change the World—But We Have to Invest in Them First

These advocates understand the challenges girls face in their communities–childmarriage, poverty, conflicts and wars–and are best placed to develop solutions. In Afghanistan, they are recruiting female teachers to work in rural schools. In Nigeria, they are running mentorship clubs to help girls resist

Global Pulse: Iran’s Dark Ages, the solution to North Korea, and America’s child marriages

Child marriage is most common in conservative religious communities and poor, rural areas. But it can be found in all socio-economic strata and in secular, as well as pious, families. More than 207,000 American minors were married between 2000 and 2015, according to an investigation by Frontline,

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