Any minute now, the Iraqi Council of Representatives will vote to legalise forced child marriage.
If this legislation passes, there will be no minimum age to legally marry. A girl's father would legally be able to accept a marriage proposal, and a girl would be prohibited from resisting her husband's advances and leaving the home without his permission. This law is a recipe for life in domestic and sexual slavery.
Currently, with the legal marriage age at 18 and the prohibition of forced marriage, Iraq has one of the most progressive policies on women's rights in the Middle East. This law would be a huge step back for Iraqi women's rights!
We may not have much time to stop Iraq from legalizing forced child marriage and a lifetime of domestic and sexual slavery for girls and women. Urge the Prime Minister of Iraq to strike down the Jaafari Personal Status Law today!
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