NADA AL-AHDAL

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from Yemen but living UK

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The Hidden Crisis: Child Marriage in France on the Rise

Child marriage has long been considered a harmful practice in societies around the world. In France, despite legal regulations against it, child marriage continues to be a pressing issue that demands attention.

The phenomenon of child marriage in France is often linked to cultural traditions and religious beliefs that prioritize the marriage of young girls. These marriages can have devastating consequences for the individuals involved, with girls facing increased risks of poverty, domestic violence, and limited educational opportunities.

Efforts to combat child marriage in France have been made through legislative measures that aim to protect minors from such unions. In 2013, the legal age of marriage was raised to 18, with exceptions only granted in cases of emancipation by a judge. However, loopholes in the law and cultural norms have allowed child marriage to persist in certain communities.

One of the challenges in addressing child marriage in France is the reluctance of victims to come forward due to fear of social stigma and familial repercussions. This highlights the need for increased awareness and support services for those affected by child marriage.

Non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups play a crucial role in raising awareness about child marriage in France and providing support to those at risk. These organizations work to empower young girls and provide them with the resources they need to escape harmful situations.

Ultimately, addressing child marriage in France requires a multi-faceted approach that involves legal reforms, community engagement, and support services for victims. By working together to combat this harmful practice, we can ensure that all young girls have the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

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Nada Alahdal
A human rights activist to advocate for the issue of child marriage, and head of the

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for the Protection of Girls

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