In Afghanistan, where most women do not get to choose their own husbands, year-old Zaiba felt she had little choice but to run away from home when she fell in love. When Zaiba and her cousin announced they wanted to get married, her father opposed the match and demanded payment of an impossibly high bride-price, 15, US dollars. Actually, he wanted to sell me," she said. Zaiba found refuge in a refuge for women in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif, where she has been for the last two months. Her father Nuruddin, 80, was invited to the safe house to see whether he and his daughter could come to some agreement. He staunchly denies blocking Zaiba's wish to marry her cousin.
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Nearly 30 shelters across the country — a legacy of the U. The shelters also offer safety to women at risk of so-called honor killings, or of being sold into marriage to repay debts, a still-common practice. A year-old at one such shelter in Kabul fled western Afghanistan after her father tried to trade her to another family for marriage in return for a young bride following the death of his wife. In the four years since she fled, she has learned to read and write, as well as how to sew, and is now teaching the other women. More than 15 years after the Taliban were overthrown, Afghanistan remains a deeply conservative country where women are largely confined to their homes.
An investigation by IWPR has revealed that child marriage remains rampant in the north of Afghanistan, with the local authorities warning that they are powerless to combat the practice. Dozens of fathers and tribal elders interviewed in Balkh, Faryab, and Jowzjan provinces all said that most girls in their communities were married off between the ages of nine and The legal age for marriage in Afghanistan is 16, although it can be as low as 15 with parental consent. Local officials and rights workers said that they had been unable to combat traditional practices that often led to young girls being married off to much older men for large sums of money.
Parwana is a young woman living in Mazar-e Sharif of Balkh province. Unfortunately, she became one of millions of women around the world who experience domestic violence. After she was married, Parwana moved in with her in-laws, and her nightmare began. They treated her with little respect.