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Armenia: Minority Group Opposes New Marriage Rules by Gayane Mkrtchyan – Caucasus

In anthropology, Asia, community, culture, ethnicity, gender, government on October 4, 2012 at 03:56

From: Armenia: Minority Group Opposes New Marriage Rules by Gayane Mkrtchyan – Caucasus, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, http://iwpr.net

A proposed change to the law in Armenia setting 18 as the minimum age at which women and men can marry has run into opposition from the Yezidi minority.

Until now, women have been able to get married at 17, a year earlier than men. The officials behind the proposed change say they want to ensure gender equality, and also to keep young women in full-time education, in light of a change to the rules which requires everyone to complete 12 years of schooling instead of ten.

“At 17, girls are still studying, so it’s no longer appropriate for them to get married,” Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan said. “There’s also been a ruling by the health minister that early pregnancy can cause health problems later on.”

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Reposted with permission from: IWPR

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