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Friday Forum: Nelly Van Doorn-Harder
February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Indonesian Muslim Activism Against Child Marriage
Nelly Van Doorn-Harder
Professor of Islamic Studies
Wake Forest University
INGRAHAM HALL, ROOM 206
NOON – 1:30PM
This past fall, the Indonesian Constitutional Court ruled that the minimum age of marriage for girls will be raised from 16 to 19. Indonesia is number eight on the list of countries with the highest number of child brides in the world; 14% of the girls are married before the age of 18 and more than 3 million before age 15. Muslim activists, who have fought against child brides for decades, consider this ruling only the beginning of an extended battle against a practice that has long been the social norm in large parts of the country. This talk analyzes the strategies used by the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and the Muslim organization Rumah Kitab. Through these strategies, these organizations are helping change the Indonesian mindsets that allow for the phenomenon of child brides to remain acceptable.