Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Afghan court looks to end child and forced marriages

The Supreme Court of Afghanistan has approved a new marriage contract aimed at combating child marriages, IRIN reported today. The contract is expected to help empower Afghan girls and women, who have long suffered under discriminating traditions and practices.

The contract stipulates that marriage certificates will no longer be issued for underage brides. According to the article, “In Afghanistan, the legal age for marriage is16 for girls and 18 for boys, but human rights groups say every year thousands of Afghan girls are forced to marry at a younger age.”

The article also says that “the Ministry of Women’s Affairs has launched a marriage registration awareness campaign to boost the number of legally registered couples.”

The next step will be for Afghan women to be granted the right to divorce their husbands. As, according to the article, “Under current Afghan civil law, the right to divorce is the prerogative of men.”

For the full article, click here.


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