28 January 2014: Great news! Following nearly two years of sustained public pressure on the government on 22 January 2014 the Moroccan parliament amended Article 475 of the Penal Code - the law that was used to exempt rapists from punishment if they married their victim.
It is our hope that such legal reform will help protect girls from suffering the similar fates of 16-year-old Amina Filali, who committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist, and 15-year-old Safae who twice attempted suicide after being pushed into marrying her rapist to save her "honor."
While this is an important step in the right direction, please maintain the campaign's momentum by continuing to call on the Moroccan government to protect girls from child marriage by amending the family law provisions which allow judges to authorize the marriage of minors, and to remove sex discrimination from all its laws. Thank you for your support.