Target: Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
Goal: Don’t lower the minimum age of marriage for girls in Egypt to nine years old.
The minimum age for marriage for both boys and girls in Egypt is currently 18 years old, but the People’s Assembly Council is now discussing a proposed change that would lower the minimum age for girls to possibly as young as 9 years old. If the marriage age is changed, this means that families can marry their daughters off at far too young an age, and risk serious psychological and physical harm to those girls.
Child brides run the risk of being raped and tortured by their husbands. They also have no option to consent to the marriage. Even if a child bride is able to secure a divorce from her husband, she may still face exploitation and abuse from relatives and society.
After Egypt’s recent revolution, women are finding that their rights are rapidly eroding. Lowering the minimum marriage age for girls will not only subject them to physical and sexual abuse, but they will also lose other rights, such as opportunities for education and career advancement when they get older.
By signing the petition below, you are urging Mr. Tantawi, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, to help stop the proposed changes to allow child brides.
After your recent revolution, women are quickly finding that the new government is trying to get rid of their rights as Egyptian citizens. Egypt’s constitution says that “All citizens are equal before the law. They have equal public rights and duties without discrimination due to sex …” but the proposed legislation to lower the minimum age of marriage for girls will erode women’s rights.
By lowering the minimum age for girls and allowing child brides, you open opportunities for Egyptian girls to be exploited, raped, and abused. You will also limit their life opportunities, such as chances at education and career advancement later in life.
Please do not lower the minimum age of marriage for girls. Keep women equal, and don’t take away women’s rights post-revolution.
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