YEMEN: Threat to legislation outlawing child marriage

IRIN Middle East – Humanitarian News and Analysis – 23 Feb, 2008

Yemen child brides. Image: IRIN

Yemen child brides. Image: IRIN

SANAA, 23 February 2009 (IRIN) – Although Yemen’s parliament has agreed to set the minimum age for marriage at 17, there are concerns the decision may be rescinded as some members of parliament (MPs) say the amendments violate Sharia (Islamic) law.

On 11 February, most MPs agreed on amending some articles in the law regarding women and child rights.

However, Horiah Mashour, deputy head of the National Women’s Committee (NWC), a government body, said there was still some resistance to the amendments by a minority of extremist MPs. . .

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