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World: Children's marriages now prohibited to the Philippines

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In the Philippines, the Child Marriage Prohibition Act came into force on Thursday, January 6, 2022 and it provides for the prison for anyone who wife for a person under the age of 18 or organizes or celebrates such a marriage.

in the Philippines, one in six girl is married before the age of 18, according to international plan, a coalition of NGOs fighting against these early marriages. The law entered into force on this Thursday considers the marriage of children as an abuse that "degrades, degrades and lower the intrinsic value and the dignity of the child".

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A person who marries a child now considers 12 years in prison. The same punishment may apply in case of concubinage or for organizing or celebrating such a union. According to the Philippine government, the law is consistent with international conventions on women's rights and children.

An adaptation period of one year

The text, however, provides for a one-year adaptation period for several communities in the Philippines, including its Muslim and native minorities, where engagement and child marriages are relatively frequent. The Manila authorities explain that the transition must "convince" the communities in question.

The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, have a large Muslim minority that lives mainly in the south of the country, in the Muslim autonomous region of the Southern Island of Mindanao. A 1977 law authorizes Muslim Filipinos to marry when they reach puberty, defined for women on the date of their first rules.

Children's weddings falling in the world

The International Plan Group that has campaigned for the adoption of the law against the marriage of children, classify the Philippines on the 12th world in terms of the number of marriages of children concluded on his soil.

According to UNICEF estimates, 500 million women and girls currently alive in the world have been married in their childhood . Recent data, however, indicate that child marriages are generally declining around the world.

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