Somali receives backlash amid child marriage bill

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Somalian Parliament is receiving a backlash across the boarder as the country seeks to pass a bill that would make it legal for child marriages. The bill would allow young girls to get married as soon their sexual organs mature.

The girl would then be forced into a marriage for as long as her family gives consent to the transaction.

According to UNICEF, Somalia has the tenth highest prevalence rate of child marriage in the world. The data which was made public by UNICEF suggests that 45% of young girls were married before they made it to their 18 years and 8% were married before their 15th birthday.

The United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Pramila Patten called for the bill to be withdrawn as it would make a huge setback on the fight against sexual violence in the country and the world at large.

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