State-by-State Look at Gay Marriage Bans

State-by-State Look at Gay Marriage Bans

ABC News via Associated Press – Monday October 6, 2014 State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking […]

Congo's Hero Women: Creating a Different Future

Congo's Hero Women: Creating a Different Future

Neema Namadamu – Huffington Post – 22 April 2014 (originally published 18 Apr) I was born in a very remote area in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) called the High Plains of Itombwe in South Kivu Province. I was actually the fourth child born to my parents, but the first […]

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Suad Abu-Dayyeh for Equaltiy Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EQ) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: The Human Rights Ministry of Yemen has confirmed that one of its officials has helped to prevent the wedding of a 12-year-old girl, which was due to take place earlier this month. Hiba was to be married in Taiz, Southern Yemen, but […]

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Issa Sikiti da Silva – IPS – Friday, 01 March 2013 (originally published 25 Feb) DAKAR, Feb 25 2013 (IPS) – When Abdoulaye Ba heard his local Imam in Dakar, Senegal, speaking out against child marriage, he found that the idea was not very palatable to him. As head of his family, he had intended […]

Too Young to Wed

Too Young to Wed

Cynthia Gorney – National Geographic – Monday, 23 May, 2010 (originally published 16 May) The villagers said it was the grandfather, Mr. M, who loved Rajani most; you could see this in the way he had arranged a groom for her from the respectable family into which her aunt Radha was also being married. This […]

Egypt’s Spinsters Fight Against Society Stereotypes

Egypt’s Spinsters Fight Against Society Stereotypes

Cairo Correspondents MANAR AMMAR and JOSEPH MAYTON –  WNN Features Cairo, Egypt – It is a challenge to be unmarried in Egypt and even more so if the woman is “growing old” according to Egyptian customs. This means any unmarried woman past her mid-twenties is seen negatively through society’s lens, leaving many questions to be answered. However, a […]