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Hebron tribes oppose UN pact, 'suspicious' feminists

Tribes in Hebron rejected the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and some threatened to shut down feminist organizations after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas set the minimum age for marriage at 18.
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian feminists are preparing to launch a broad national coalition in cooperation with human rights institutions and some political parties, in response to recent tribal threats against them.

Tribal leaders in the city of Hebron apparently were fired up after Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree last month banning child marriage. The decree raises the minimum age for marriage to 18 for both genders; previously, females had to be only 15 and males, 16.

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