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New York ends child marriage, raising age of consent from 14 to 18

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation putting an end to child marriage in the Empire State. The legislation raises the age of consent from 14 to 18, and amends the process to require parental and judicial consent for marriage involving 17- and 18-year-olds, CBS New York reports. “This is a major step forward […]

Child Marriage in Indonesia: Resolving an Issue

by Lies Marcoes and Fadilla Dwianti Putri Child marriage is a form of violence against women and girls, as it deprives them of their rights to education, healthcare, and freedom from violence, among others. Indonesia has committed to end child marriage in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. However, as of 2016, […]

My mother died because my father killed her. Full stop.

I watched as my father hammered multiple bullets into my mother’s flesh. In that moment, the world I knew completely vanished from existence. By Nour Naas My mother was planning on leaving my father, and he knew it. Three days after my high school graduation in 2013, I watched as my father hammered multiple bullets […]

Obsession with controlling what women wear needs to stop

LETTER | Sisters in Islam (SIS) demands that Kelantan’s Islamic Affairs and Religious Department (Jaheaik) stops its operations to police and summon women for their clothing, and expunge those whom have been issued notices from attending counselling sessions. This is in reference to the article “39 women slapped with notices for wearing sexy attire during […]

How intolerance can persist in democratic countries: the case of Indonesia

Is tolerance among different groups a prerequisite for democracy? Indonesia’s case shows that it’s not. Democracy, a system of government based on elected representation, is thriving in the world’s most populous Muslim country. Democratically elected presidents have governed Southeast Asia’s largest economy since the fall of Soeharto’s authoritarian regime in 1998. The country has just […]

End shadows of intolerance post elections

Achmat Hilmi TheJakartaPost Jakarta   /   Fri, April 26, 2019   /  09:06 am The simultaneous elections have ended, but they have left a frenzy and disputes. A group that claims to be the most moderate in the country is no longer able to display the tenderness and progressive spirit of Islam; it is […]

Forced to marry a stranger: a child bride shares her story

Sharina* and Nazir met for the first time on their wedding day. Sharina was just 14 and Nazir was 17. Their decision to marry was not theirs to make. Instead, both of them were forced into marriage by their families. Every year, 13.5 million children under 18 are married, with many having little to no say […]

Legacy of Southeast Asia’s Muslim women rulers

By ALEXANDER WAIN March 20, 2019 @ 11:45pm THE Malay world, while united by a common language, a collective commitment to Islam and a shared history, also preserves a variously expressed but mutually-held set of customary traditions (adat). Muslim scholars, both past and present, have long debated the Islamic legitimacy of adat. In reality, however, […]

Hundreds protest against child marriage in Lebanon

BEIRUT: Hundreds protested on Saturday in Lebanon against child marriage, demanding lawmakers forbid unions below the age of 18, in a country where some faiths allow girls to be wed at 14. Organized by civil society groups, the rally attracted women of all ages — and some lawmakers — who marched on parliament in the […]

Rumah KitaB and the Campaign Against Child Marriage

Kathryn Robinson Emeritus professor in Anthropology, Australian National Univerisity Rights in marriage have been a key issue for women’s rights activists all over the world. Age at marriage is perhaps the most significant issue, even more than the free choice of a spouse. Child marriage has been a focus for Indonesian women for nearly a […]