Mariam Dabboussy with her daughter, who was born in Syria. Picture: Four Corners/David Maguire Australia is preparing to rescue and repatriate up to 60 ISIS brides and their children who have languished for years in Syrian detention camps. The rescue plan, which successive governments have wrestled with for years, will see the return of 16 … Continue reading Australia’s plan to bring ISIS brides home
There are no major religious traditions that require child marriage. Yet child marriage persists, across many cultures and religions. But it would be wrong to say that child marriage warrants protection as a cultural or religious practice. Governments around the world have overwhelmingly, and independently, decided that child marriage is a grave violation of … Continue reading What we can do about child marriage
Child marriage is actually very common. More than 650 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday. Twenty-one per cent of young women (20-24 years old) around the world were child brides. And while child marriage is most prevalent in low- and middle-income countries, it also takes place in high-income countries. The god news is: global … Continue reading Prevalence of child marriage around the world
It can be hard to imagine why someone would choose to have their child married off, but for millions of people, child marriage can seem like the best or the only option. Daughters are frequently seen as burdens or commodities because of pervasive gender inequality. Impoverished parents often believe marriage will secure a daughter’s … Continue reading Why child marriage remains a threat
Child marriage refers to a spousal relationship in which one or both spouses are under 18 years old. Although this definition sounds straightforward, the realities of child marriage can be complicated. Both the words “child” and “marriage” are sometimes interpreted differently. The internationally recognized definition of a child – established by the Convention of the … Continue reading What you should know about child marriage
Gender-based violence (GBV) can take place anywhere, including at home, at school, within communities, in public institutions and at work. It is a form of discrimination that inhibits women's and girls' ability to enjoy their inherent rights and freedoms. GBV can be defined as a structural problem that is deeply embedded in unequal power relationships between … Continue reading What we can do about Child Marriage and Gender-based Violence
An elderly Afghan cleric said to be around 60 years old, has reportedly made headlines today after getting married to a 6-year-old girl in Kabul. According to reports, the marriage rites was observed on Friday and the accused has since been arrested in the latest case of child marriages which has been an unavoidable scourge … Continue reading Afghan Cleric Marries A 6-Year-Old Girl.