'Jordan sees 11,000 child marriages each year,' says activist

Jordan

Published: 2022-09-20 19:20

Last Updated: 2022-09-28 15:50


'Jordan sees 11,000 child marriages each year,' says activist
'Jordan sees 11,000 child marriages each year,' says activist

Tuesday, a legal and human rights activist, Hadeel Abdel Aziz, said that the ‘Child’s Law’ is very important and all children are entitled to it.

She hoped the Cabinet would address the weaknesses in the proposed project, such as child marriage, which was not addressed but should have been, because the annual number of child marriages in Jordan reaches 10,000 to 11,000, accounting for 11 percent of the total number of marriages in the country.

For her part, a journalist specializing in children's affairs, Nadine Al-Nimri, told Roya that Jordan should have approved the law a while ago as it is the 14th Arab country to ratify it.

Nimri added that some provisions of the law could have been drafted better, despite the controversy which made it harder for improvements to be made.

She stressed that the existence of this law is a national and important right for children in Jordan, and that demands for the law to be improved will remain so long as obstacles to its implementation continue to emerge.