Jordan witnessed decline in registered child marriages in 2022

SIGI calls for continued awareness campaigns to help maintain downward trend

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AMMAN — Last year in Jordan, 5,824 marriage contracts were signed by minors (those under the age of 18), representing 9.1 percent of all marriage contracts signed. This was a marked decline compared to the 8,039 minor marriages registered the previous year, at 10.7 percent of all marriage contracts.اضافة اعلان

Solidarity Is Global Institute (SIGI), also known as Tadamon, issued a press release on Sunday stressing the importance of maintaining the decline in the number of minor marriages in the Kingdom.

"The marriage of girls at a young age tends to limit their options in a way that is not commensurate with their dreams and aspirations, especially work and education,” the press release said.

SIGI stressed that children who are married early have “very limited educational opportunities” due to new priorities and responsibilities that come with marriage.

When parents, relatives, and society choose the option of marriage for girls under the age of 18, “it may constitute a kind of violence against them” as it restricts their freedoms, negatively affecting the formation of the young brides’ new families and the raising of their children.

SIGI called on institutions that deal with the issue of child marriage to intensify their campaigns raising awareness on the negative effects of minor marriage.

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