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Mexico’s Senate urges states to ban child marriages

Mexico’s Senate urged governments and state legislatures to prohibit marriages or unions between minors, as it is a practice still recurrent in the country.

They called states to reinforce in their legislation the provisions prohibiting marriage between minors under 18 years of age, with regard to what is established in article 45 of the General Law on the Rights of Girls, Boys and Adolescents, being of utmost importance to eliminate exceptions or special agreements that allow it.

In the notice published in the Parliamentary Gazette, the Senate asked local governments to promote the rights of children and avoid the practice of marriage between minors, as well as concubinage or other forms of free union among them, in order to generate better conditions of well-being and development of children in Mexico.

The senators proposed to promote the campaign “Fight like a girl” that seeks to highlight the problems child marriages to Mexico’s minors, particularly young girls. All of us “commit ourselves to an agenda that provides equal conditions for all girls.”

“We propose this campaign so that all our girls can achieve their dreams and have a decent life to claim the struggle of women and the word of being a girl,” they said in the approved agreement.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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