Yemen is likely to vote on a comprehensive 'Child Rights Act' over the coming months, which would ban both child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
A child bride forced into marriage killed her husband and three of his friends by lacing a meal with rat poison, police said
I would describe Girls Not Brides as a partnership of disruptors: men and women like Laxmi who have come together to raise their collective voice against child marriage, a practice that devastates the lives of 14 million girls every year.
If we can reduce the instances of forced marriage overseas, I believe the trend will be reflected here. But it will take time: and that's why, while we welcome the move to criminalise the practice on home turf, we must recognise that ending it is something that will happen over years, not overnight.
Ending child marriage internationally should be a global priority and included within the post-2015 development framework. A set of indicators that reflect the full range of issues surrounding child marriage should also be reviewed by donors when reviewing countries for development funding.
For adult men to try to marry young girls is illegal and immoral. But British Muslims have a special responsibility: to make the case that there is nothing Islamic about underage marriage, either.
With no minimum age of marriage in Yemen, while Hiba and others are out of danger for the moment, without any legal sanctions to support them, these girls remain at serious risk. However, things may be about to change at last.
Child bride Nujood Ali made history when she sought a divorce in 2008 at the age of 10. She has since written a book in which
The phenomenon of forcing young girls to marry hasn't stopped and we hear sad stories every day. We want that to change - and believe that change is within our grasp... Women shouldn't have to be victims. I suffered domestic violence but now I'm speaking out. I refuse to live under the ruins of my past.
Kidan from Ethiopia was eagerly awaiting the day when she would be able to complete her education and fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. But she was instead promised in marriage in exchange for cattle...