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Jordan’s civil society fights for more rights in Personal Status Law

Rights and women activists are exerting efforts to convince Jordan’s Senate to amend several articles of the Personal Status Law that allow child marriage, and disregards women’s rights in divorce and inheritance.

The endorsement of the Personal Status Law Dec. 11 by the Jordanian Lower House evoked the anger of activists and supporters of women rights in Jordan for keeping the exceptions of early marriage at the age of 15.

The amendments on the law regulating family affairs such as marriage, divorce, inheritance, custody and guardianship issues according to sharia (Islamic law) were disappointing for the feminist movement represented by the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), civil society institutions and activists.

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