19 September 2012

Egypt: NCW Rejects Marriage of Nine-Year-Old Girls

Photo: Daniel Finnan/RFI
Protesters in front of the Constitutional Court (file photo).

The National Council for Women (NCW) has expressed its profound dismay at statements made by some members of the Constituent Assembly in charge of writing Egypt's new constitution on the possibility of sanctioning marriage of sexually mature girls even if they were at the age of nine.

The NCW described such viewpoint as a setback to child rights and is only expressive of outdated traditions still prevailing in the Egyptian society.

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