Although Yemen's parliament has agreed to set the minimum age for marriage at 17, there are concerns the decision may be rescinded as some members of parliament (MPs) say the amendments violate Sharia (Islamic) law.
The law stipulates that no marriage is to be carried out at any age without the consent of the woman.
The committee of Islamic Legislations and Sharia’a in the Yemeni Parliament has rejected a proposed Draft Law to increase the legal age of marriage to 18.
Symbole du combat contre les mariages forcés et précoces, Nojoud Ali, 10 ans, mariée de force par son père, a rencontré des lycéens en France.
Yemen Women Union YWU begins next week carrying out training courses for woman leaderships on engaging in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Nujood Ali is just 10 years old and was, until recently, the youngest known divorced person in the world.
Arwa is the youngest of three Yemeni girls who recently went to court complaining they were married against their will and asking for divorce - an astonishing display of defiance that has prompted the government to review its law on early marriage.
Netherlands-funded project is aiming to provide better protection for women and children exposed to violence and sexual abuse.
Much more needs to be done to improve the status of women in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, in line with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), officials said.
A women's union in Yemen slammed a religious decree issued by a group of clerics earlier in July 2008, banning female participation in public life.
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