Argumentative Essay On Child Marriage

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Child marriage is defined as the marriage of a child under 18 years of age (AlAmodi, 2013, p. 1979). In Yemen, which is one of the world’s most conservative countries, where a strict interpretations of Islam dictates people’s lives, child marriage is a serious troubling issue (Nour, 2009, Para. 1). Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world. Following the Spring of 2011 it has been left with a disturbing power vacuum. It's arid, filled with high rate of illiteracy and paralyzed by ancient traditions (Harlan, 2015, Para. 6). Nearly fifty per cent of all women in Yemen were married as children (Harlan, 2015, Para. 8). According to AlAmodi (2013), 14 per cent of girls are married before the age of 15 while 52 percent of girls are married before the age of 18 years and some cases have even younger ages as low as 8 years old girls. The issue in child marriage is that girls who get married young often drop out of school and lose the chance of their right in education. Moreover, they are more likely to die when giving birth, and they face a higher risk of sexual and physical abuse than women who get married at 18 or older (“Yemen: End Child Marriage”, 2014, Para. 3). Another issue child marriage imposes on the Yemeni society is the health issue of the future generations born…show more content…
39). Moreover, The UN Human Rights Committee stated that the suitable age of marriage for both men and women is to be based on the ability of both spouses to give their full and free consent, which again is not met in the cases of child marriage in Yemen (Jiminiz, 2009, p.

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