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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Bride kidnapping is marriage by abduction. The kidnapping of brides in Kyrgyzstan is an ethnic Kyrgyz practice. Since its independence from the Soviets, bride kidnapping has become a renewed tradition in Kyrgyzstan. Studies show that Kyrgyz women would rather forgo the tradition of bride kidnapping. Women view the practice as a way for men to further degrade and control their lives. These women feel that although the practice is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, the authorities need to better enforce the law. Those who are brave enough to go against the social dictates are speaking up and fighting against this oppressive act. The continuation of this practice raises serious questions concerning the violation of women’s human rights.

Presenter: Bridget Ofori (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)