Tag: Child Marriage

High price to pay for lack of political will

The fact that child marriage continues to happen in Malaysia underscores the reality that the price that girls have to pay for our government’s lack of political will with regards to this issue is a devastating one. Highlighting two recent cases in Tumpat, Kelantan, both involving 15-year-old girls who married men far older than them,…

Walk the Talk to End Child Marriage

Over 200 students and members of the public turned up for a rally today in a roaring show of support to end child marriage in Bandar Sunway. The event, jointly organised by The Body Shop Malaysia, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Sisters in Islam (SIS), and the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), marked the launch of…

Child Bride Falls Between The Cracks For Lack of Political Will

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is outraged that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Women, Family and Community Development Minister, still insists that further investigation is needed to gather evidence in order to charge the 41-year-old Kelantanese man who married an 11-year-old Thai girl.…

Do Not Use Islam to Justify Child Marriage

Sisters in Islam (SIS) upholds that there can be no acceptable circumstance which can allow child marriage to take place in our country today, given our ambitions for comprehensive and inclusive socio-economic progress and modernity. It is therefore imperative that the government is seen to lead a cultural and social mind shift in order to ensure…

End Child Marriage Now!

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the marriage of an 11-year-old girl as the third wife to a 41-year-old Malaysian man that went viral on social media yesterday and strongly calls for the authorities to investigate this matter. Child marriage is not an obligation (not wajib) nor encouraged by Islam (not…

Kenyataan Akhbar Bersama Berkenaan Perkahwinan Kanak-kanak

Dalam beberapa hari lagi, Girls Not Brides, sebuah kerjasama antara beratus-ratus organisasi masyarakat sivil (OMS) yang komited untuk menghapuskan perkahwinan kanak-kanak, akan mengadakan mesyuarat global keduanya di Kuala Lumpur. Ini merupakan peluang yang unik bagi Malaysia untuk menghantar sebuah mesej yang jelas: undang-undang harus dipinda agar had umur minimum untuk berkahwin ditetapkan pada umur 18 tahun…

Move to Ban Child Marriage in Malaysia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) welcomes with great earnest the efforts of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to sign a decree that would ban child marriage in the country, and strongly urges the Malaysian government to make positive steps to move in the same direction. According to Widodo, two ministries, the Coordinating Ministry for Human development and…

Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) – Child Marriage Press Statement

I refer to the statement of the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim made last year at on 25.2.2016, where she was reported to have said: “My ministry has always been against early marriage or child marriage as it curbs the mental, physical and psychological development of a child.”Let a…

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