As Iraq’s GDP Falls, Early Marriage Increases

Currently, child advocates are concerned that the recent changes in Iraq’s government will allow early marriage advocates to push bills that support their favored age of consent; therefore, causing already alarming child marriage rates to rise even more. A 2017 study by Oxfam, a global anti-poverty group, found “a direct correlation between the rise of child marriage in Iraq and war-induced poverty and terror.” Many of the victims are so young that they are often uneducated and disempowered. Nuha Oum Ahmed states, “breaking away from the thinking that there is some benefit to girls from child marriage is going to take a long time and will demand a comprehensive approach.”

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