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JORDAN: Early marriage - a coping mechanism for Syrian refugees?

July 19, 2012

Some Syrian refugees arriving in Jordan are opting to marry off their daughters at a young age believing that marital status offers a form of protection and insurance. 

"In Maraq, we have come across around 50 cases of early marriages since the day we started helping out Syrians. Most of them are married to Syrians, especially cousins," said Khaled Ghanem, from the Islamic Society Centre (ISC). 

Jordan & Lebanon: Citizenship rights for children

July 27, 2012

In Jordan and Lebanon, women married to foreigners are taking to the streets to fight for their children's citizenship rights.

In both countries, women who marry non-nationals are unable to confer nationality on their child or spouse, rendering their families foreigners in the eyes of the law, and denying them rights and access to key public services. In contrast, men from those countries who marry foreigners face no such obstacles.

Jordan: Woman Is Fired After Refusing to Cover Her Free-Flowing Hair

May 27, 2012

A Christian Jordanian woman named Vivian Salameh is suing her former employer, the Dubai Islamic Bank, for arbitrary dismissal after she was fired a week ago for refusing to comply with her company's dress code, which required her to wear a headscarf that would cover all her hair except for her hairline. Salameh, who had been an assistant manager of corporate operations with the bank, objected to wearing the headscarf on the grounds that a) she never had before and b) doing so would violate her religious beliefs.

Jordan: Interview with Leila Hammarneh - "Women's Rights Are Now On the Table"

March 10, 2011

Leila Hammarneh is the Project Director of Arab Women Organization, Jordan, and a member of the Coalition Equality without reservation.

What is your perspective on the ongoing events throughout the region? What do you think are the potential implications for women’s rights? 

Jordan: Child Bride in Jordan Puts Daughters on Same Path

August 22, 2011

What kind of mothers subject their daughters to drudgery, deny them education and threaten them with early marriage and other human rights abuses? The answer, one family's story suggests, are women who've gone through just that themselves.

AMMAN, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)--Fawzeya, a 70-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian woman living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, raised her two daughters--now 53 and 47--with an iron hand.

Outrage as 'Obedient Wives Club' spreads across south-east Asia

July 6, 2011

A women's group that aims to teach Muslim wives how to "keep their spouses happy in the bedroom" is taking root in south-east Asia, prompting outrage from Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Honour Crimes Shame the World - Robert Fisk

September 7, 2010

 

It's one of the last great taboos: the murder of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of 'honour'. Nor is the problem confined to the Middle East: the contagion is spreading rapidly.

By Robert Fisk*

Jordan marriage law challenged

August 29, 2010

 

Rights activists call for scrapping a law allowing early marriage for girls

 

Women rights activists in Jordan are trying to overturn a legal clause which allows girls as young as 15 to be married off.

They say the teenage brides are missing out on education, and many suffer the consequences for the rest of their lives.

Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Amman, the Jordanian capital.

 

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Jordan: Women's Progress But Honour Killings Persist

April 22, 2010


AMMAN, Apr 22, 2010 (IPS) - Earlier this month, a 33-year-old man was charged with hammering his wife to death and dumping her body on the highway leading to the Queen Alia International Airport. The husband confessed to murdering her ''to defend his honour,’’ as she was meeting a male friend.

Also this month local newspapers ran a story about a man allegedly shooting and killing his Moroccan wife and her sister, and injuring her lawyer in the Ain Al Basha area. The wife had filed for divorce and was on her way to court with the lawyer when she was attacked.

There is no honour in ‘honour killing’

There is no honour in ‘honour killing’

Majd Shafiq, 27 November 2009

Subjects: 16 Days: activism against gender violence

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When the price of honour is too high

When the price of honour is too high

Suha Philip Ma’ayeh, Foreign Correspondent

Honour killings start to bring shame

The taboo surrounding the cruel murder of family members in the name of honour is slowly being broken

By Khaled Diab

'Honour' killing jail term halved

AMMAN - A COURT on Wednesday halved the jail term of a Syrian man who strangled to death his Jordanian wife he suspected of having had an affair with a friend, a judicial official said.

Jordanian gets 6 months for double ‘honor killing’

AMMAN: A Jordanian man who killed his unmarried sister and her Syrian lover “to defend the family’s honor” has been jailed for six months after the court found mitigating circumstances, a legal

Jordan prosecutor charges man with killing sister

Jordan's criminal prosecutor has charged a 25-year-old man with premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing his sister to death last week.

Jordan woman stabbed to death over sex images

AMMAN (AFP) – A Jordanian man has been charged with premeditated murder for killing his married sister after seeing mobile phone images showing her having sex, a judicial official said on Thursday.

States Fuel ‘honour killings’

January 31, 2008

CASABLANCA, Jan 31 (IPS) - State-directed violence, the refusal to give up the death penalty and the holding of public executions are some of the principal factors that are supporting the continuing resort to the age-old practice of 'honour killings', murder to cleanse a family name of shame.

Teenage girl strangled in "honour killing"

January 28, 2008

A 17-year-old girl died after being strangled to death by her brother in a Palestinian refugee camp near the Jordanian town of Jerash .

“Honour” Killings pose a serious challenge to the rule of law

October 2, 2007

According to police records, every year 20-25 women in Jordan are killed “in the name of honour”, that is, for having an illicit affair."