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Indonesia raises minimum age to marry

Indonesia's parliament raised the minimum age at which a girl can marry from 16 to 19, in a ruling which is expected to curb child marriage in the country.

Child Brides

Indonesia has one of the highest number of child brides in the world. Under current laws, girls are allowed to marry at 16 and boys to marry at 19, while parents can also ask religious courts or local officials to authorize marriages of younger girls, with no minimum age in such cases. 

With the Yes I Do alliance we have been working towards ending Child Marriage in Indonesia since 2016. Having this minimum age raised from 16 to 19 by Indonesian parliament is a great step forward.

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