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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Economic and Health Issues of Child Brides in Niger and Yemen

The term child bride can have different meanings in different countries. For the purpose of this research the term child bride denotes a girl under the legal age of marriage marrying an older man. The legal age of marriage varies depending on the country. The marriage is usually an arrangement or a promise between the two families involved in the joining of the two. This decision is not democratic because the girl doesn’t have an opinion in this matter. The girl has to go where ever she is sent, whenever she is sent. Among the countries with the highest percentage of girls married before the age of eighteen are Niger and Yemen. Allowing these unethical practices to go on is causing economic and health problems for the women of these countries.

Presenter: Jessica Thompkins (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)