Advocates hope more stringent laws will help prevent bride kidnapping

Advocates hope more stringent laws will help prevent bride kidnapping

WNN Breaking (WNN) Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA: A new legislative bill has just been brought into law in the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan and signed into practice by Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev. The new more stringent legislation now hopes to strengthen the legal protections for women under the conditions of bride kidnapping in the region. The crime, […]

CARE & global advocates work to stop child marriage on International Day of the Girl

CARE & global advocates work to stop child marriage on International Day of the Girl

WNN Improve It (WNN/CARE) Global: In honor of the first-ever International Day of the Girl, the global poverty-fighting organization, CARE, has launched a campaign to help end child marriage and is calling on the U.S. government to make ending early marriage a priority. The following stories illustrate how child marriage and poverty play into the […]

KYRGYZSTAN: Bride kidnapping continues without legal sanctions

KYRGYZSTAN: Bride kidnapping continues without legal sanctions

Azita Ranjbar  – WNN Breaking (WNN/EN) Talas Province, KYRGYZSTAN: Although bride kidnapping is illegal under Article 155 of Kyrgyzstan’s Criminal Code, prosecutions are almost unheard of. The state can intervene only if a complaint is filed directly by the victim. But, in many bride kidnapping cases, the woman is isolated within the home of the […]

FILM: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

FILM: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Thomas B. Stevenson – WNN review This is the first film to document the custom of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan. Recent studies estimate that about half of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan today are conducted through kidnapping, and that in half of these cases a woman is forced into a marriage. This documentary follows the dramatic […]