There has been outrage since the Nigerian Senate votedon July 16th to allow girls to marry without age restrictions. Social justice and women's rights advocates have decried the decision, arguing that instead of child marriage protections there need to be advancements in girls' education. The United Nations Population Fund notes that 20% of Nigerian girls get married before 15 and 27% of married girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are in polygamous marriages. They also note that "only two per cent of 15-19-year-old married girls are in school." According to Maryan Wais, chairperson of the Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative, "Child marriage, from available statistics, ultimately happens the efforts of these young adolescents from acquiring an education, as sooner than later, they find it difficult to combine the onerous responsibilities of being a wife and mother, with schooling." Bisi Fayemi, the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, called for support from feminist groups stating, "I am not only disappointed in the decision by the Senate. As a mother, I am ashamed, I am unhappy and I am pained that our senators, who also have female children, will vote for child marriage."
Media Resources: All Africa 7/25/13; Daily Post 7/24/13; All Africa 7/22/13
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .