child marriage

Violence, Inequalities and Challenges for Women in the Arab Region

By Lina Abirafeh One in three women worldwide has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. If nothing else, this shocking reality reveals how prevalent gender-based violence is in our lives. This human rights violation exists in every country, culture, context. In the Arab region, gender-based violence exists

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Driven to Dhaka by Disasters, Bangladeshi Girls Harassed Into Marriage

By Liz Mermin and Mushfique Wadud DHAKA, Oct 25 – It was after floods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur district that Brishti Rafiq’s widowed father brought her to live in Dhaka. “We couldn’t survive like that. We had no property or anything,” she said of her former home. She was

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Turkish Child Marriage Film Shines Light on Hidden Abuses

By Zoe Tabary LONDON, Oct 16 – Child brides in Turkey are often raped, beaten and forced to undergo virginity tests, according to the director of a new documentary which aims to break the silence on the taboo issue. “Growing Up Married”, which will premiere in London on Oct. 30, examines the impact of child

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One Girl Under 15 Married Every Seven Seconds, says Save the Children

By Temesghen Debesai LONDON, Oct 11 – One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children released on Tuesday, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Early marriage not only deprives

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