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Human rights activists are deeply concerned about a draft law being considered in Iraq that would permit men to marry girls as young as nine.

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Human rights activists are deeply concerned about a draft law being considered in Iraq that would permit men to marry girls as young as nine.

Read more here: http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Iraq-law-would-allow-9-year-old-girls-to-marry-5319224.php

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An overview of the AHA Foundation’s third annual conference on honor violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM) in New York City is now available online.

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An overview of the AHA Foundation’s third annual conference on honor violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM) in New York City is now available online.

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The AHA Foundation funded a recent survey of immigrant populations in New York conducted by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan that shows that the issue of forced marriage is very much alive and probably underdocumented.

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In the United States, forced marriages take place but usually remain hidden from public view. The AHA Foundation, an advocacy organization founded by vocal women’s rights defender and often controversial critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who escaped her own forced marriage in 1992, funded a recent survey of immigrant populations in New York conducted by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. The results show that the issue of forced marriage is very much alive and probably underdocumented. “Forced marriage is only one variant of the honor violence that happens in these communities,” said Ric Curtis, a professor of anthropology at John Jay, who led the survey.

Read more here: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/21/forced-marriage-isaliveandwellintheus.html

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Cultural traditions and a lack of legal protections are driving tens of millions of girls around the world into early marriage, subjecting them to violence, poverty and mistreatment.

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Cultural traditions and a lack of legal protections are driving tens of millions of girls around the world into early marriage, subjecting them to violence, poverty and mistreatment.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/rights-group-says-laws-failing-to-protect-girls-from-forced-early-marriages-1.1646247

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Too many young Londoners are “morally ambiguous” about forced marriage and must be taught about human rights, campaigners warned today.

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Too many young Londoners are  “morally ambiguous” about forced marriage and must be taught about human rights, campaigners warned today.

A new study of the views of young people from immigrant families found some believe forced marriage can be “good” for women and is done with their best interests at heart.

Read more here: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/londoners-are-morally-ambiguous-about-forced-marriage-experts-warn-9063627.html

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Jasvinder Sanghera, a human rights activist who combats forced marriages in the UK, has called on schools to do more to ensure more forced marriages are successfully prevented.

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Jasvinder Sanghera, a human rights activist who combats forced marriages in the UK, has called on schools to do more to ensure more forced marriages are successfully prevented.

Read about Jasvinder Sanghera’s work here: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/schools-must-act-in-the-war-on-forced-marriage-1-6373838

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An Ethiopian child bride forced into marriage at 10, pregnant at 13 and widowed by 14 tells her story and discusses how she is now helping former child brides.

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An Ethiopian child bride forced into marriage at 10, pregnant at 13 and widowed by 14 tells her story and discusses how she is now helping former child brides.

Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2543166/Ethiopian-former-child-bride-tells-harrowing-story.html

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Scotland is poised to introduce seven-year jail terms as part of a major crackdown on forced marriages, the Scottish government has revealed.

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Scotland is poised to introduce seven-year jail terms as part of a major crackdown on forced marriages, the Scottish government has revealed.

Read more here: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/forced-marriage-families-to-face-jail-terms-1-3226610

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Women in southern Nigeria have been protesting against forced marriages to deities and other forms of coercion, the BBC reports.

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Women in southern Nigeria have been protesting against forced marriages to deities and other forms of coercion, the BBC reports.

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The human rights office of the Dubai Police came to the rescue of three young Asian sisters who said they were scared they were going to be forced to marry if they boarded a flight to their home country, police said

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The human rights office of the Dubai Police came to the rescue of three young Asian sisters who said they were scared they were going to be forced to marry if they boarded a flight to their home country, police said.

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