Early Marriage

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Early marriage is one of the most argumentative topics related to marriage that still exists from the first human nations till now, in the 21st century. According to [1,2], early marriage is defined as marriage before the age of 18 or before the age of 20 which is adolescence. Additionally, [2] have stated that child marriage commonly affects girls more than boys. Moreover, researchers have divided adolescence in this case into three parts to make it easier for them to state whether it is too young or it is just a young age to get married at this particular age : early adolescence “( ages 10-11 and 12-14 )”, middle adolescence “(ages 15-17 )” and late adolescence “( ages 18-19 )”[1]. In fact, there are many reasons behind the phenomenon of…show more content…
Moreover, 79% of girls who are married before 15 had never been to school [1]. Actually, the majority of girls who have been educated and married during their adolescence ignore the secondary schooling. References [1,2] have found an association between parents education and the case of early marriage among their daughters. Mothers and fathers, especially, are the decision makers in marriage arraignment if it was an early marriage. Consequently, researchers have established that the higher the level of education of their parents the later their girls get married. Accordingly, fathers who had never been to school increases their girls chance of getting married early [1]. Thus, the level education , somehow, determined the age of marriage. Therefore, the husband’s education below schooling of 12 year increases the prevalence of women child marriage five…show more content…
Meanwhile, there are political situations that forces the family to agree on their underage girl to get marry early [1,2]. Additionally, some of these local tradition and political situations are taking away other peoples’ rights. Forcing girls to marry at a young age is a way of confiscation of children rights whether if it is going to school, protection, health or opportunities of developing themselves [3]. As an example of the traditions, some families believe that girls are a big responsibility on their shoulders so they agree on the marriage to get rid of this huge responsibility, as they claim. Another thought that some families have is that “the investment in a girl’s education is wasted” because she’ll get married and go to work in another household [2]. Furthermore, there is a common tradition in the Arab region which is consanguineous marriage. Accordingly, such a marriage is associated with two fold augmentation of the child marriage [2]. On the other hand, some political conditions forces some parents to impose their girls to get married [1,2]. As an example, girls in Ethiopia are forced from their parents to marry early due to the fear that rapists spread [1]. Another example, in Palestine in 2009, after the war, families wished to increase their generation to help them face the struggles they had so that’s why there were so many
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