‘Who Cares for Child Marriages?’ Pioneer, 29/1/99:
John Zhang , “Early Marriage - The Benefits And Disadvantages” : http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_Zhang
Early Marriages : CHILD SPOUSES, “Early Marriage & Convention on the Rights of the Child” http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/digest7e.pdf www.instah.com – RELATIONSHIPS, “ Top 7 disadvantages of early marriage” http://www.instah.com/relationships/top-7-disadvantages-of-early-marriage/ www.instah.com – LIFESTYLE, “Early Marriage Benefits” http://www.instah.com/lifestyle/early-marriage-benefits/
Birth, marriage and death are the standard trio of key events in most people’s lives. But only one – marriage – is a matter of choice. The right to exercise that choice was recognized as a principle of law even in Roman times and has long been established in international human rights.
Yet many girls, and a smaller number of boys, enter marriage without any chance of exercising their right to choose. Some are forced into marriage at a very early age. Others are simply too young to make an informed decision about their marriage partner or about the implications of marriage itself. They may have given what passes for ‘consent’ in the eyes of custom or the law, but in reality, consent to their binding union has been made by others on their behalf.
While early marriage takes many different forms and has various causes, one issue is paramount. Whether it happens to a girl or a boy, early marriage is a violation of human rights. The right to free and full consent to a marriage is recognized in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and in many subsequent human rights instruments – consent that cannot be ‘free and full’ when at least one partner is very immature. For both girls and boys, early marriage has profound physical, intellectual, psychological and emotional impacts, cutting off educational...