(No) for Girls’ Early Marriage Workshop

Event Description

Center for Genocide studies in International University of Erbil with Islamic Forum  Held a Workshop Entitled

(No) for Girls’ Early Marriage, on Tuesday 5th of December 2017 in International University of Erbil conference hall.

Little is known about child marriage in Iraq. According to UNICEF, approximately 1 in 5 girls are married before the age of 18.

Poverty, conflict and strict religious and social traditions are drivers of child marriage in Iraq. Shari’a law, which dominates the realm of family law, provides limited protection for girls and women.

The increased financial hardship in Iraq has meant that the number of child brides has increased. According to the Iraqi government, in 1997, 15% of marriages involved women under 18. This number jumped to more than 20% in 2012, with almost 5% married by the age of 15.


09:45-10:00 Registration 10:00-10:10 Welcome Speech by the Internatioal University of Erbil 10:10-10:25 Speech by Mrs. Pakhshan Zangana Head of the High Council of Women Affairs 10:25-10:40 Speech by Dr. Abdul-Rahman Sidiq Kurdish Intellectual 10:40-10:55 Speech by Dr. Omar Hassan Maro Member of the High Committee of Fatwa in the Kurdistan Region 10:55-11:10 Speech by Dr. Solaf Kaki Professor College of Law 11:10-11:30 Coffee Break 11:30-12:30 Discussion session 12:30 End of Workshop