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22 Aug 2019

Underage marriage in Iraq

Home Affairs Correspondent

The facts are shocking – young girls, some as young as nine – forced into marriage – in a country which should give women equal rights in everything from education to marriage and divorce. After decades of war, extreme poverty and violence in Iraq – the number of children forced into early marriage has risen sharply.

And successive Iraqi governments have tried to scrap the laws guaranteeing women their rights – provoking outrage with one attempt to lower the legal marriage age to nine. So how is all this affecting women in Baghdad?