Marriage

Child Marriage In Bangladesh...MANIKGANJ, BANGLADESH - AUGUST 20: 15 year old Nasoin Akhter poses for a video on the day of her wedding to a 32 year old man, August 20, 2015 in Manikganj, Bangladesh.  In June of this year, Human Rights Watch released a damning report about child marriage in Bangladesh. The country has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 29% of girls marrying before the age of 15, and 65% of girls marrying before they turn 18. The detrimental effects of early marriage on a girl cannot be overstated. Most young brides drop out of school. Pregnant girls from 15-20 are twice as likely to die in childbirth than those 20 or older, while girls under 15 are at five times the risk. Research cites spousal age difference as a significant risk factor for violence and sexual abuse. Child marriage is attributed to both cultural tradition and poverty. Parents believe that it "protects" girls from sexual assault and harassment. Larger  dowries are not required for young girls, and economically, women's earnings are insignificant as compared to men's. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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15 year old Nasoin Akhter poses for a video on the day of her wedding to a 32 year old man in Manikganj, Bangladesh. In June of this year, Human Rights Watch released a damning report about child marriage in Bangladesh. The country has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 29% of girls marrying before the age of 15, and 65% of girls marrying before they turn 18. The detrimental effects of early marriage on a girl cannot be overstated. Most young brides drop out of school. Pregnant girls from 15-20 are twice as likely to die in childbirth than those 20 or older, while girls under 15 are at five times the risk. Research cites spousal age difference as a significant risk factor for violence and sexual abuse. Child marriage is attributed to both cultural tradition and poverty. Parents believe that it “protects” girls from sexual assault and harassment. Larger dowries are not required for young girls, and economically, women’s earnings are insignificant as compared to men’s. 

A man walks past billboard posters promoting the Yes campaign in favour of same-sex marriage on Friday in Dublin, Ireland. Voters in the Republic of Ireland are taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage on Friday. The referendum is being held 22 years after Ireland decriminalised homosexuality with more than 3.2m people being asked whether they want to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST with voting continuing until 22:00 BST and counting due to start on Saturday morning

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A man walks past billboard posters promoting the Yes campaign in favour of same-sex marriage on Friday in Dublin, Ireland

Brides sit as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony at a temple in New Delhi...Brides sit as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony at a temple in New Delhi March 3, 3014. A total of 11 couples exchanged wedding vows on Monday during the mass wedding ceremony arranged by a Hindu voluntary organisation, organisers said. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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Brides sit as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony at a temple in New Delhi. Eleven couples exchanged wedding vows on Monday during the mass wedding ceremony arranged by a Hindu voluntary organisation, organisers said. 

Scottish Parliament Votes On Equal Marriage Bill...EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Campaigners from the Equality Network hold a rally outside the Scottish Parliament on November 20, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Members of the Scottish Parliament will vote later today on the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill, debating on general principles of controversial Scottish Government proposals to allow gay couples to wed.

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Campaigners from the Equality Network hold a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Members of the parliament will vote on Wednesday on the marriage and civil partnership bill, debating proposals to allow gay couples to wed. 

Traditional Wedding Parade March On In Fully Bloomed Red Spider Lily...HANDA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 29:  (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A newly wed couple and their family, relatives and friends march on the bank of Yakachi River where red spider lily are fully bloomed on September 29, 2013 in Handa, Aichi, Japan.

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A newly-wed couple and their family, relatives and friends on the bank of Yakachi River on Sunday in Handa, Aichi, Japan amid spider lily.

ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE PACKAGE 'CHINA - LOVE AND MARRIAGE' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY...ATTENTION EDITORS - 31 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'CHINA - LOVE AND MARRIAGE' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY  SEARCH 'BARRIA MARRIAGE' FOR ALL PICTURES PXP101-PXP131    Reuters photographer Carlos Barria spent time documenting the matchmaking scene in Shanghai. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner.

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As couples celebrate the Qixi festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world’s most populous country. 

A bride poses for photos in front of Rome's Pantheon, Friday, June 28, 2013. The Pantheon was built under Emperor Augustus between 27 and 25 b.C., to celebrate all the gods worshipped in Ancient Rome. (AP Photo, Domenico Stinellis)

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A bride poses for photos in front of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy on Friday. 

Glastonbury festival 2013...Newly-wed festival goers John and Mathilda Fristrom Eldridge, from Newquay, enjoy taking their honeymoon at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset, after getting engaged here two years ago. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 26, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Newlywed festival goers John and Mathilda Fristrom Eldridge, from Newquay, enjoy taking their honeymoon at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset, after getting engaged in the same place two years ago

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases...WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26:  Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) kiss after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Married couple Michael Knaapen (left) and John Becker kiss on Wednesday after hearing the US Supreme Court ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma) was unconstitutional. The high court ruled to strike down Doma and determined that California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law.