Not much news about this it seems. But pretty important stuff.
About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to fathers.
While the proposed law sounds bad already, let’s go into a bit further depth on what it entails.
It describes girls as reaching puberty at nine, making them fit for marriage, makes the father sole guardian of his children at two and condones a husband’s right to insist on sexual intercourse with his wife whenever he wishes.
Well, that sucks.
Keep in mind that Iraq’s current personal status law “enshrines women’s rights regarding marriage, inheritance, and child custody, and has often been held up as the most progressive in the Middle East.”
Good news though: this kind of bill has already been shot down before, in 2003 due to large-scale protests. So hopefully that will happen again.
Now, another important thing to note: our reactions to this. Oftentimes, the standard response is “OMG LOOK AT THOSE BARBARIANS WE NEED TO CIVILIZE THEM AND/OR CUT OFF ALL CONTACT AND AID WITH THEM TILL THEY KNOW BETTER.”
There are a few issues with this. First, notice that there are quite a few people protesting this kind of bill (I mean that’s how it got shot down in 2003)? Yea, you can’t clump together everyone in a nation and claim they’re all barbarians for a proposed law.
MJ12 does a great job addressing the rest, look below.
Hope the best for those protesters, and hope this law gets shot down.