IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation lead the Safeguard Futures Ban Child Marriage campaign to achieve this change in the law in collaboration with our fellow Girls Not Brides UK Co-Chairs with pro-bono support from Naomi Wiseman, Barrister at Garden Court.

The Act comes into effect today, 27th February 2023. This legislation introduces a ban on civil partnership and marriage for 16 and 17-year-olds with no exceptions.

Diana Nammi, Executive Director, IKWRO- Women’s Rights Organisation says:
This is major step forward for the rights of children in England and Wales. We’ve campaigned for this change for a decade because no child should be subjected to the lifelong harms that come with child marriage. I urge everyone to spread the word about this important change to the law and to come forward for support if they know of any child at risk of child marriage.

Payzee Mahmod, Campaign Manager, Child Marriage Survivor says:
I am thrilled beyond words today. I have been so passionate about ending child marriage after my own and my sister Banaz’s experience, to see this day is finally here makes me feel hopeful for the future we are creating for girls. I am now looking forward to seeing this law extend to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

IKWRO is a leading charity providing specialist support for women and girls of Middle Eastern, North African (MENA) and Afghan origin, who are at risk of “honour” based abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, child marriage, domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls. We run a refuge and provide advice, advocacy, counselling and training and campaign to improve laws and policies. Our mission is to advance MENA and Afghan women’s and girls’ rights, combat discrimination and violence against women and girls, and empower women and girls to access their rights and entitlements in the UK.
Payzee Mahmod and Diana Nammi are available for interview. For media enquiries please contact Payzee.mahmod@ikwro.org.uk
Published text of Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-02/0018/210018.pdf

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