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Ask the Yemeni Government to End Forced Child Marriage

World  (tags: Yemen, Rawan, 8 year old, marriage, Islam, Muslims, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', children, girls, crime, death, freedoms, middle-east, society, violence )

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Aged 8, Rawan was sold by her parents, and forced into a marriage with a man five times her age. The injuries her young body sustained from her "wedding night" resulted in her death, and her story has sent shockwaves throughout the world.


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Gillian M (218)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:39 am
Aged 8, Rawan was sold by her parents, and forced into a marriage with a man five times her age. The injuries her young body sustained from her “wedding night” resulted in her death, and her story has sent shockwaves throughout the world.1

The most shocking thing about Rawan’s story? The fact that to many, her story is not shocking at all. Forced Child Marriage is a form of modern slavery, and in Yemen, there is no law which makes it illegal.

The Yemeni Government has the power to bring an end to Forced Marriage forever; the first step is to ban the marriage of anyone under the age of 18, protecting children from a life of domestic and sexual slavery.

We know that ending Forced Marriage everywhere poses big obstacles and yet, in the aftermath of Rawan’s death, and with the eyes of the world on Yemen, this may be one of few fleeting moments when we can create change. We’re not going to let down the millions of girls vulnerable to this form of modern slavery.
Forced Child Marriage is modern slavery and can be stopped. Call on the government of Yemen to ban Forced Child Marriage.

Frances Darcy (92)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:41 am

Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:50 am

Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:48 am
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Thank You.

Beth S (330)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:59 am

Signed. Thank you. Disgusting country.

pam w (139)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:11 am
Well, I signed it.

BUT....imagine how our government would respond to a petition from Yemen, asking us to overturn the age limits for marriage in this country?

How do you think the Yemenis will respond to this?

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 11:02 am
Signed-thx GM

Gillian M (218)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:07 pm
Pam, America tells every other country what to do so it would make a change if the Yemen told America what to do. I wonder if it would be possible.....

Animae C (508)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:42 pm

roxy H (350)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:51 am
There is one of these (or maybe more then one) same petitions on care2 about this girl. This is terrible tragic. Thanks dear for finding another one. My Paternal Grandmother was one of these products. She was sent here from Bohemia with her little sister aged 12 and 9. Ugh, horrors. My Grandfather was a child bride raper -_- and long buried before i was born. ugh

Stan B (123)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:38 am
It's amazing that there needs to be a petition to stop this evil practice in the 21st century but then I remember we're dealing with 9th century morons.
Thanks G.

Candy L (473)
Monday September 16, 2013, 2:48 am
Posted This Early Friday Morning, Thanks for reposting

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday September 16, 2013, 3:52 am
Signed but I am not happy about the until 18 years old option. It's trying to flip people from one extreme to another. I think the petition should have asked for marriage not before 16. We have people who marry at 16 so why make others wait until 18?

Elizabeth O (94)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:19 am

Mireille Picron (46)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:27 am

Helen Porter (39)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:08 pm

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday September 16, 2013, 9:09 pm
Done * Thank You

Angela Marshall (14)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 2:19 pm
Child rapist=castration... don't care legal or not....a brutal/rape murder is still a brutal/rape murder, let's not put lipstick on a pig...this makes me so angry...makes you wonder what her bride price was...probably a couple of chickens...Barbarians.....let me at him...GRRRRRR!!!

Suzan F (137)
Friday September 20, 2013, 1:50 am
My question here is...what kind of man would rather have a child for a bride than an adult woman? What kind of perverse sh*t is that?
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