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Girls ask Guatemalan Congress to raise marriage age from 14 to 18. Women with kids can jump the queue at polling booths.

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Girls ask Guatemalan Congress to raise marriage age to 18 GlobalPost A group of young women on Thursday asked the Guatemalan Congress to approve a law raising from 14 to 18 the minimum age to get married.

Raising the legal age for wedlock “will be a measure that will help protect girls from the different forms of abuse and violence that we are the victims of in Guatemala,” 15-year-old Mayra Yolanda told Efe.

Mayra is among a group of girls from communities benefitting from the education and development projects promoted by the non-governmental Plan Internacional organization, the promoter of Guatemala’s observance of the International Day of the Girl Child.

The current minimum marriage age of 14 years effectively legalizes sexual abuse and virtual enslavement of young women, according to experts on youth and adolescence issues.

Court asked to deny funds to parties that won’t let women run Haaretz (Subscription) In her petition, Ruth Kolian, an ultra-Orthodox law student from Petah Tikva, named as parties running in local elections that exclude women the ultra-Orthodox …

Rajasthan polls: Parties to give women a fair deal? Times of India JAIPUR: Changing scenarios and increasing awareness are expected to an enhanced representation of women in the forthcoming state assembly elections.

If the trends and statements of senior leaders of the political parties in the state are taken into consideration, BJP and Congress are expected to field the largest number of women candidates than ever. While the women’s wing of the state PCC has demanded that 33% of the total candidates should be women, the Mahila Morcha of BJP too is not far behind.

Jaipur: Women with kids can jump the queue at polling booths Daily News & Analysis Mothers with infants or kids in their arms will get an express clearance to vote at any polling booths during the Assembly elections later this year. The election department has directed all district electoral officers to allow women carrying babies to jump the queue and cast their votes ahead of others.

The decision, according to election department officials, has been taken to motivate young mothers to cast their vote in the elections scheduled on December 1. The election department provisioned the special arrangement in wake of practical problems faced by the females carrying infants with them.

Women in Israel: Illusion of equality Haaretz Women in Israel: Illusion of equality. Studies repeatedly show that that the idea of gender equality in Israel has not yet been translated into action on the ground.

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