Child Marriage, An Absurdity.

Child marriage prevents teenagers from fornicating. Child marriage is permissible as long as the child is mature and consents. I rebel against the above statements that have become everyday debate points for the advocates of (forced) child marriage. The inbuilt prejudice and nonsensicality of such assertions seem invisible to many of the participants – who overlook the damaging consequences that ascend from an under aged child being strained into marriage. Advocates of such discussions typically throw in culture and religion to rationalize their arguments. The impression is that giving out girls from as early as the age of nine, for marriage generates a sense of security against sexual promiscuity and protection from sexually transferred infections. The […]

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(Northern) Nigeria And The Subjugation Of Female Rights

With acrimony in my heart, I watched in silence as nineteen-year-old Hajara recounted her ordeal to me, left arm in one bearing as though she was aiming at something. She was weary and her voice quivered as she spoke. Her husband had divorced her; she was abandoned with three children, no job whatsoever, zilch to fall back on. She narrated how her (ex) husband did not permit her to complete her schooling or learn a trade; he came to the conclusion that she would be more advantageous at home. Despite being an educated and polished man he was of the opinion that it will be more worthwhile for her to stay in the kitchen, you know […]

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