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DR Congo – Law 87-010 on the Family Code

Article 444 of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Family Code of 1987 provides that a husband is head of the household Country: Democratic Republic of Congo Law status: Discriminatory law in force Law Type: Marriage, Divorce, Polygamy & ...


Zambia – The Marriage Act

When young girls are forced to marry, they face potentially lifelong harmful consequences. They are essentially subject to state-sanctioned rape and are at risk of increased domestic violence, forced pregnancy, and negative health consequences while being ...


United States – Mississippi Code 1972

Section 93 of the Mississippi Code 1972 allows girls as young as 15 years old to be married with parental consent, while prohibiting the marriage of boys under the age of 17. Country: United States of America (Mississippi) Law status: Discriminatory ...


Yemen – The Personal Status Act No. 20 of 1992

Article 23 of the Personal Status Act also requires express consent to marriage only if the woman has been previously married. For previously unmarried women, (considered ‘virgin’), silence is sufficient to indicate consent to marriage. This makes women ...


Afghanistan – Shia Personal Status Law of 2009

Article 123 of Afghanistan’s Shia Personal Status Law of 2009 provides that the household’s supervision is solely the right of the husband and restricts a wife’s right to leave the home. Country: Afghanistan Law status: Discriminatory ...