According to Turkish Statistical Institute a third of women get marry younger than 18 years old. This is about 32% of women in Turkey. After Pakistan, Turkey is the second highest rate of child brides. Even though legally a person should be 18 years old in order to get marry, the reality vastly different there. The laws without enforcement is useless. Furthermore laws alone cannot solve this problem without coupled with education.
The early marriage rate in Turkey is 37 percent on average, yet this figure increases to 68 percent in Southeast Anatolia, according to the association’s data.
Uçan Süpürge, (Flying Broom), a feminist women’s research organization, have begun their quest to reach 20,000 women and girls in 54 different provinces and help them fight against the practice of forced early marriages.
Under the project, which will continue for 18 months and is funded by the Sabancı Foundation, the association aims to collect 54,000 signatures from around the country demanding the legal age of marriage be increased to 18.
The project aims to collect data on the issue and send a report to the necessary institutions. Lack of information about this issue makes easier to ignore the problem.
Child marriage is a violation of human rights.
Practice of child marriage results:
- Resulting in early pregnancy
- Young married women commonly have social isolation
- Girls get less education, higher school dropouts
- Women who are married before the age of 18 tend to have more children than those who marry later in life.
- Young mothers will have poor vocational training
- Lack of working skills will reinforce the gendered nature of poverty
- Higher pregnancy-related deaths
- Young married women will face more likely to domestic violence