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Urge them to act quickly to raise the minimum marriage age to 18, put an end to the male guardianship system, and ensure appropriate safeguards to guarantee that a woman has a real choice in the timing of her marriage and the selection of her spouse.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:53 am
Equality Now has just issued Women’s Action Update 31.5 Saudi Arabia: End child marriage and male guardianship over women. In 2010, Equality Now took on the case of 12-year-old Fatima of Saudi Arabia, who had been sold in marriage to a 50 year old man who already had a wife and ten children. As her male guardian, Fatima’s father had the sole right under Saudi law to marry her off at any age to whomever he pleased. In a remarkable challenge to societal norms, however, Fatima escaped to her family home six months after the marriage, refusing to return to her husband and demanding a divorce. With the help of her uncle and support from Equality Now, she was finally granted a divorce in February 2013. Though Fatima showed great personal strength and determination, despite her young age, she is now suffering from psychological and emotional distress as she feels ashamed of her situation; she no longer wants to pursue her education, believing that she no longer has options in society as a child ‘divorcee.’

Fatima’s experience highlights the plight and repercussions of millions of girls around the world who are married as children. Equality Now and our partners therefore welcomed the 8 April 2013 proposal by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to introduce new regulations on the marriage of girls. The draft regulations would set 16 as the minimum age of marriage and would propose preconditions to any marriage below the age of 16.

Please join us in calling on Saudi authorities to adopt and implement the proposed regulations without delay. Urge them to provide safeguards to ensure that girls and women have a real choice in the timing of marriage and selection of a spouse by:

•Adopting and implementing the proposed regulations to set a minimum age of marriage
•Going a step further to meet the international recommended standard by raising the suggested minimum marriage age to 18 years old
•Ending the male guardianship system to remove discrimination against women and girls, including in their access to education, employment, and justice and the ability to make their own life choices

Candy L. (473)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:59 am
Thanks. Signed & Twitted

Agnes N. (703)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:19 am
Thanks Bev..signed

Giana Peranio-Paz (408)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:45 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Beverly.

Judy C. (104)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:58 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.

Frances Darcy (227)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:12 am
Signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:00 am
Signed and noted ! Thanks for sharing.

natasha salgado (716)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:00 am

Dandelion G. (386)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:58 am
I signed but honestly think it will do little good, not in that Country.


Yvonne F. (181)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 10:52 am
Signed!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Beverly

alicia m. (97)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 10:57 am
noted, signed, gracias

Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:04 am
Signed, thanks.

Michela M. (4008)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:06 am


Van voorst coll C. (331)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:44 am
Signed and thanks for sharing!

Debbie Williamson (319)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:56 am
Signed and noted.

Pogle S. (88)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:02 pm

Nichole L. (69)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:08 pm

Amy L. (118)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:10 pm
Signed and Noted

S S. (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:15 pm
Signed, thank you.

Malgorzata Zmuda (194)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:50 pm
petycja podpisana

Jerry B. (127)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:27 pm
Noted and Signed...thanks Beverly.

Mike M. (44)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:36 pm

Carolyn L. (24)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:44 pm
Females are God's property, not mans! Only a real man can appreciate a real woman!

Janet G. (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:49 pm
Thanks for positing this.

CAROL H. (2)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:50 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:53 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Beverly.

Birgitta S. (202)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:57 pm
message sent; Thank you Beverly~
agreeing with Dandelion G. though.

Birgit W. (159)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:43 pm

. (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:01 pm
sent with disgust

Petra M. (260)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:06 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Beverly!

Angeles Madrazo (301)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:12 pm
Signed! Thanks!

Mitchell D. (136)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:59 pm
Gladly signed. C'mon out of the 12th century, please.

valda p. (13)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:28 pm
Signed -the intentions are the best but it is not going to make any difference, as islam and sharia rule and they follow the teachings of their pedophile prophet -Muhammad-the perfect man who married Aeisha at 6 and consummated the marriage at 9-he being 54 at the time-why would they give it up ?they are just a lot of filthy old degenerates who lust after -children-the only hope of any change -must come from the women but they are so -brainwashed and traumatised -it will never happen.

Rose Becke (140)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:30 pm

Kenny V. (1500)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:32 pm
signed and noted thanks for sharing

Rebecca Y. (26)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:34 pm
I'm sorry but I think we should butt out of anything to do with the Middle East and their problems. I'm sorry so many women and children suffer in those countries but it's time they got a backbone of their own and leave the United States of American the hell out of it!

Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:43 pm
Dandelion and Birgitta, I know these petitions likely make no difference and probably end up as wastebasket liners, but it's worth a try, why not?

. (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:05 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. Children should not be getting married. They should enjoy being children and not get married until they are older.

Sheila D. (28)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:55 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Beverly.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:08 pm
Dandelion as always I agree with you, gladly signed but am afraid it is written in the wind and will blow away. Valda I truly admire your courage in speaking the TRUTH about the pedophile aspect of this disgusting practice. Yes, that is what it is pedophilia! Sanctioned in the guise of religion.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:20 pm
Posted before finishing: Becky Y - grow a backbone of their own you say? Well as it stands here in the USA WE ALSO NEED TO GROW A BACKBONE! What the "crazy Christian wrong" is doing to women here in America is also in dire need of help. Perhaps in helping others we help ourselves and realize that we are not here in America that free from MALE DOMINATION! No two ways around that. Look at all we women are losing or have never had. From equal pay to birth control to medical access to abortions in many states! And most of these new laws are legislated by men.

Freya H. (353)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 8:19 pm
Noted and signed! Women hold up half the sky.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 8:37 pm

Vicky P. (476)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 8:53 pm
Noted and signed

Jen A. (2)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:11 pm
Signed, in hopes that it will help make a difference.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:12 pm
Signed Bev, Cheers

Marie W. (67)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 10:10 pm
but aint gonna happen under Islam

Constance F. (418)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:45 pm
Thank you for continuing to call on the government of Saudi Arabia to end child marriage and male guardianship over women.

Inge Bjorkman (188)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:34 am
message sent, and more protests are needed, never stop hoping for a change.
Love and Peace

Marija Mohoric (42)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:42 am
thank you for sharing

Ellen m. (220)
Friday May 24, 2013, 4:35 am
S/s/t -thanks Beverly

Ro H. (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 5:20 am

Ro H. (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 5:20 am

Yvette S. (35)
Friday May 24, 2013, 5:33 am
Noted,signed and shared

Robyn Brice (4)
Friday May 24, 2013, 5:41 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Friday May 24, 2013, 7:44 am
Signed and noted thanks

Michael Kirkby (97)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:56 am

Beatrice B. (113)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:37 am
Noted and signed, TY

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:44 am
Thank you! There are several other important petitions to sign on the sight. (s, n, p, t)

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:17 am
Thank you for continuing to call on the government of Saudi Arabia to end child marriage and male guardianship over women.

Noted,signed and shared on FB

Wendy yukihiro (63)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:54 am
Signed thankyou

Winn Adams (203)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:19 pm

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:24 pm
Things might change in a century or so. When males have power over females, they will do anything to keep it.
Morality is not one of their issues in those countries.

S J. (133)
Friday May 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
Thank you for continuing to call on the government of Saudi Arabia to end child marriage and male guardianship over women. Thanks Beverly.

Angelene B. (148)
Friday May 24, 2013, 1:17 pm

Jennifer Ward (40)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:10 pm
Great post Beverly, I have long felt for the females suffering under male domination in the name of religion. We must stop excusing enslavement on the grounds of religious beliefs- it is not 'racist' or 'bigoted' to oppose oppression and cruelty anywhere it is found.

Stan B. (124)
Friday May 24, 2013, 4:56 pm
Noted and signed. I'm not sure how much impact it's going to have on their 8th century attitudes towards women.

Sergio Padilla (63)
Friday May 24, 2013, 6:29 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 7:04 pm
Noted & Signed

h masih (50)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:14 am

Stephanie Reap (192)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:04 am
done ty

Melania Padilla (197)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 2:20 pm
So signed and shared

Jason Flint (5)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 7:59 pm
signed and noted

Abhibhusan Majumder (1)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:11 pm
well wishing to brave girl & thanks for women bill
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