Legal Debates and Developments in the Middle East. Andrea Büchler. Afghanistan. 16/3/2007 Afghanistan: Marriage contract approved by the Supreme Court of Afghanistan After years of lobbying by networkers and activists, a standardized 'nikahnama‚ (marriage contract) has been approved, with
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Afghanistan: Marriage contract approved by
the Supreme Court of Afghanistan
After years of lobbying by networkers and
activists, a standardized 'nikahnama‚
(marriage contract) has been approved, with
the potential of curbing forced and child
Bahrain: Opposition to minimum marriage
age of 15
Lawmakers from the largest opposition bloc
in the Bahraini Parliament are opposing
setting the minimum marriage age for girls at 15,
saying this is against Islamic principles.
Egypt: Law limits age gap between
Spouses to 25 years
The Egyptian authorities have banned a 92
year-old man from marrying a 17-year-old
girl, the Egyptian al-Akhbar newspaper has
Morocco: Women's advocates push men to
Single mothers in Morocco suffer severe
legal and social stigma. To offset those
disadvantages, a longtime advocate is
pushing to use the country's new DNA paternity
law to help women identify the fathers.
Saudi Arabia: Young woman married at 10
years old must pay for divorce
A 23 year old woman, forced to marry at ten
in Saudi Arabia, was ordered to pay the
equivalent of 16,750 euros to obtain a
divorce from her husband, according to
Saudi daily al-Watan.
Iran: Iranian man to pay wife a 124,000
An Iranian court has ordered a man to give
his wife the 124,000 roses that he promised
in her dowry, after she filed a complaint to
claim it, reports say.
North Africa: Women at forefront of legal reform
Women in North Africa have made tremendous
progress in promoting and upholding their rights.
Women in this region are at the forefront of the Arab
world in terms of individual rights and gender
equality, and constitute models for other Arab
women to follow. A number of lessons may be drawn
from the Inspiring experience of women in North
Africa, especially in Morocco and Tunisia.
Kuwait: Victories for women's rights
Kuwaiti women will be able to obtain their own
passport without the consent of their husbands,
following a ruling by the country's constitutional
court. While The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court
[official website, in Arabic] ruled that female
lawmakers are not required to wear the hijab, or
traditional Muslim headscarf.
Mali: Threats of violence greet new family
While rights groups are celebrating a newly
adopted family code in Mali that changes
marriage laws and expands girls’ rights,
Muslim leaders and youths have vowed, even
threatening violence, to block the code from