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The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions: Syrian Refugees and “Marriages of Convenience”

Photo: Ruth Michaelson/RH Reality Check.

An estimated 150,000 people have fled Syria for Jordan since March 2011. Temporary solutions to what may be a long-term problem include how to integrate those fleeing across the border to Jordan. In this environment, “marriages of convenience,” or even forced marriages, can thrive, essentially undetected. 

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The Every Day “Jaycee’s”





Eighteen years ago, Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped and made into a slave, bearing two children after being raped by her captor. Americans are outraged, and rightly so. Her story is horrifying. While this Lake Tahoe headline hit particularly close to home, most of us are perhaps unaware that kidnappings and sexual slavery occur every day in war torn areas.

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“Instant Marriage” in India Another Result of Gender Discrimination

Movement or displacement of women after marriage in India is a phenomenon commonly linked to issues of exploitation and trafficking of women.

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Muslim Leaders Defend Marriage by Choice

In India, women — viewed as either the husband’s or father’s property — cannot make decisions about their own marriages. But a new decision made by Muslim bodies and Islamic scholars says that under Sharia law, a woman cannot be married against her will.

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