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Rappler's latest stories on child marriage


Child 'love marriages' in Nepal blight young lives

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:33 PM

Nepal has one of the world's highest rates of child marriage, even though the practice was banned five decades ago and the legal marrying age is 20

NEPAL MARRIAGES. In this photograph taken on September 12, 2019 Asha Charti Karki, who got married at age 16 and mentors young girls on the importance of education, plays with her daughter in their home in Barahataal in Surkhet District. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

[PODCAST] Making Space: Married at 14

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

In some parts of the Philippines, children as young as 12 years old can get married. Listen as Rappler's Vernise Tantuco and Mara Cepeda explore the topic in this episode of 'Making Space.'

WATCH: Bill ending child marriage inches forward in Congress

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:08 PM

Many young girls in Muslim and indigenous communities in the Philippines are forced by their elders to marry. Several lawmakers push for a bill that would criminalize this.

Child marriage a 'fundamental human rights violation' – congresswoman

Nov 18, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We owe our children an environment that is free from all forms of violence,' says Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera

NO TO CHILD MARRIAGE. Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera calls for the end of child marriages in the country. Photo from Herrera's Facebook page

Congresswomen push bill vs child marriage: ‘We owe it to young girls’

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Child marriages are manifestations of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girls less than boys,' says House committee on women and gender equality chairperson Ma. Lourdes Acosta Alba

#GIRLDEFENDERS. Congresswomen, government officials, advocates, and young advocates come together to push for the bill aiming to end child marriage. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: ‘My 14-year-old daughter married a stranger’

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

This is the story of the child brides of Marawi, the once-prosperous city ravaged by war

CHILD BRIDE. Fatima* was just 14 years old when she was forced to marry a stranger. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Too young to marry

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:00 PM

When Fatima woke up three days into the new year, she had no idea the day would end with her becoming tied for the rest of her life to a man she barely knew

115 million men and boys married as children – UNICEF

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Boys are being married at high rates in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific

On 21 June 2018 in Nepal, Renuka Kumari Choudhary (left and seated), Rakesh Kumar Shah (right and seated) and other adolescents in Gujara Municipality of Rautahat District perform a skit on child marriage as part of UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme on Ending Child Marriage. The Global Programme, funded by the governments of Canada, the European Union the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, supports 12 countries - Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia in ending child marriage and ensuring the rights of girls are upheld.

House bill seeks to criminalize child marriage in PH

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Pro-children's rights advocates are backing the measure, saying culture should no longer be used as an excuse for abuse

CHILD MARRIAGE. In the Philippines, one in 5 girls is a mother by 19 years old. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

11-year-old Thai bride returns from Malaysia after uproar

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Malaysian trader, who married the child, could face 6 months in jail if it is found that he did not get permission in Malaysia

Why women in Indonesia divorce their husbands

Dec 06, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Between 2012 and 2013 there were 350 000 divorce cases averaging 40 divorces every hour – 70 of the divorce cases were filed by women

130 million girls in South Asia in ‘forced marriage’ – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Forced and child marriage persists in countries throughout the region particularly in India Bangladesh Nepal Pakistan and Indonesia says the Global Slavery Index

NAIVE. A young Indian couple exchange garlands during their engagement ceremony at a mass marriage and engagement ceremony in Vadia village, around 250 km of Ahmedabad, India, 11 March 2012. Photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Child brides: Why parents force their underage girls to wed in Indonesia

Apr 21, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Indonesia has among the highest number of child brides in the world

Breaking tradition, India's child brides fight for freedom

Oct 18, 2015 - 1:24 PM

Although illegal millions in India are married as children in a deep rooted tradition in mostly poor and rural areas Nearly 50 of women aged 20 to 24 say they were married before the legal age of 18

CHILD MARRIAGES. Adolescent girls are burdened with challenges that hinder their personal growth and a better future. Photos in collage by Joel Nito/AFP and Plan Norway

Indonesian court says no to raising minimum marrying age for girls

Jun 19, 2015 - 8:37 PM

The court said allowing girls to get married earlier can help prevent pre marital sex and children born out of wedlock

MARRIED. An Indonesian man kisses his bride during a marriage ceremony in Jakarta. File photo by EPA

Kids aren't supposed to be for sex

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Citizens are advised to be more proactive in preventing child abuse

UN moves to prevent child marriage

Nov 22, 2014 - 1:37 PM

Unless action is taken some 1 2 billion girls will be married by 2050 says the Girls Not Brides coalition of non governmental organizations

CHILD MARRIAGES AND PREGNANCY. Adolescent girls are burdened with challenges that hinder their personal growth and a better future. Photos in collage by Photo by Joel Nito/AFP and Plan Norway

Nigeria may pursue death penalty against child bride

Oct 31, 2014 - 12:02 AM

The trial of Wasila Tasi u from a poor northern Nigeria family has sparked a heated debate on the role of underage marriage in the conservative Muslim region especially whether an adolescent girl can consent to be a bride

UN warns of rise in child marriages

Oct 12, 2012 - 8:18 AM

The UN Population Fund says that despite efforts to rein in the practice the frequency of child marriages has been constant in the developing world