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UK: MPs Debate Raising Marriage Age to 18 to Tackle Forced Marriages

MPs are debating whether to raise the legal age of marriage in the United Kingdom in order to try and tackle the problem of forced marriages. The current legal age of marriage is 18 but 16- and 17-year-olds can get married with their parents’ permission.

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Sweden Sees Rise in Forced and Child Marriage Reports

According to the National Suppression of Honor Prevention of Childhood and Forced Marriage, a hotline set up for victims, the number of calls from those wanting to get out of forced or child marriages has steadily increased in Sweden.

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP - AUGUST 05: A young relative stands with a groom during a mass wedding organized by the Palestinian party Hamas August 5, 2005 in Gaza City, the Gaza Strip. The brides have a separate ceremony in private. During the two-day celebration, 111 couples will be married. …

U.S-Based Honor Killings: Victims of Growing ‘Silent Epidemic’

Honor violence, which ranges from physical to emotional abuse that can lead to “honor” killings, is a growing “silent epidemic” in the United States that “hurts and kills thousands of women and girls” annually and places “millions more at risk,” according to a women’s rights advocacy group.

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