Child Marriages Make Up One Third İn Turkey


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Child Marriages Make Up One Third İn Turkey

One third of marriages in Turkey involve underage girls, according to a women’s rights lawyer speaking at a conference that was called to tackle the problem. “There are 181,036 child brides in our country, unfortunately” İzmir Bar Association Central Executive Board Member and women’s rights advocate.

One third of marriages in Turkey involve underage girls, according to a women’s rights lawyer speaking at a conference that was called to tackle the problem.

“There are 181,036 child brides in our country, unfortunately” İzmir Bar Association Central Executive Board Member and women’s rights advocate Nuriye Kadan said during the conference in İzmir on Dec. 6.

The actual number is probably far higher because many child marriages are performed with only the presence of an imam and are not officially registered with authorities, she said.

“Nearly 20,000 parents filed applications to marry off their under-16 girls in 2012” Kadan added.

haberler.com/child-marriages-make-up-one-third-in-turkey-7947766-haberi/


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This is a subject that requires a great deal of care in discussing. It should first be pointed out that the vast majority of child marriages involve teenagers and, in Turkey, the average age-difference between married girls under the age of 20 and their spouses is only 6 years. We’re not talking a bunch of dirty old men marrying toddlers. Second, arranging marriages is still a common practice in much of the world. It also is not a gender-biased tradition. It is a cultural tradition that has been maintained in some cases for thousands of years. There is a tendency in the West for people to view these arrangements as oppressive but for many if not most of the people who are actually involved, it isn’t. In fact, one of my coworkers submitted her resignation recently because her parents had arranged a marriage for her and she must go back to India. She’s ecstatic.


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Well, that’s all right then. It must be OK because somebody has an adult co-worker who likes the idea.


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