Forced Child Marriage in Iraq -

Forced Child Marriage in Iraq


A proposal for a new law in Iraq has been put forward. The specifics of the legislation (part of the Jaafari Personal Status Law) are terrifying:

  • There would no longer be a minimum age to legally marry (it’s currently 18) but the law would provide policies for divorcing a nine year old;
  • A girl’s father would legally be able to accept a marriage proposal; and
  • The girl would be legally prohibited from resisting her husband’s advances and leaving the home without his permission.

It would be a recipe for a life in domestic and sexual slavery.

Currently, Iraq has one of the most progressive policies on women’s rights in the Middle East — setting the legal marriage age at 18 and prohibiting forced marriage.1

Brave Iraqi women have been fighting against removing the minimum age for marriage, for their sake and for the sake of their daughters. On International Women’s Day 2014, countless women attended demonstrations in Baghdad protesting the Jaafari Personal Status Law. They called it the “Day of Mourning”.2

Campaign updates

April 2014: The Jaafari Personal Status Law was not voted on before the April 30 election, and we believe it’s thanks to your message and the 645,157 other messages sent in protest of this law.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!


This Campaign made an impact with 95,035 supporters!

Please read our field report with summary and outcome


Latest Activity

  • Narein R. India
  • Daria S. Russian Federation
  • Leena A. Egypt
  • Ed I. Belarus
  • Ilya A. Russian Federation

Share this campaign

Our partner in this campaign:

Arab Human Rights Academy

The Arab Human Rights Academy (AHRA) is the first and only organisation of its kind. It is a non-political and not-for-profit organisation founded and run in London by the diaspora community with the purpose of defending human rights in the Arab world. The AHRA aims at promoting a non-violent and tolerant culture through research, education, literature, journalism, and activism; thus contributing to the creation of a vibrant, critical, and confident civil society that can hold both states and non-state actors accountable for human rights violations.

Send this to a friend