Yemen: Minimum Age for Marriage Set at 17
by Nadia Al-Sakkaf
The law stipulates that no marriage is to be carried out at any age without the consent of the woman.
However, Shaqi Al-Qadhi, Member of Parliament (MP) and strong advocate for women’s rights said that the law amendments is only the beginning. “Now we need civil society organizations, lawyer syndicates and anyone interested in women’s development to propose procedural steps and a detailed system for implementing this law,” he said.
Update on: Yemen: Parliamentary committee strikes down age of marriage amendment
Nojood, 10, Arwa, 9, and Reem, 13, are three girls who went through traumatizing ordeals after being forced into marriage by their families. The three girls’ stories have been an issue of debate in social sessions, conferences and the media. But most importantly the matter was discussed in Parliament, where members have finally approved setting the minimum age for marriage for both boys and girls at 17 years old.
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