12-year-old primary school pupils get married in Egypt

A video has been widely shared on social media of two 12-year-old primary school pupils from Ain Shams in Egypt getting married. According to local media, after footage of the ceremony circulated online, security forces arrested the parents of the two children, who have been named as Sama and Combo. Egypt has the thirteenth highest number of child brides in the world. According to Girls Not Brides, child marriage is in part driven by gender inequality. In 2017 UNICEF said that 17 per cent of girls in Egypt are married before their 18th birthday. Despite the fact that Egypt has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which stipulates 18 should be the legal age for marriage, and the … Continue reading 12-year-old primary school pupils get married in Egypt