16% of teenage girls in Morocco are married under 18 years of age compared 3% in Algeria and Tunisia. By raising legal age from 16 to 18 in 2004, Morocco hoped to curb underage marriages however, justice ministry provided data that shows a futile effort.
Human rights activists continue to call for the abolition of articles of the family code that allow judges to certify marriages if the girl is 16, loves and can bear children. “A comprehensive reform is an urgent matter to ensure compliance with the constitution and guarantee effective equality between all family members,” said human rights lawyer Aicha Alehyane. Aicha strongly believes that Young women under 18 should be encouraged to get education. What do you think Morocco can do better?.