From Saudi Arabia:
The arranged marriage of an 11-year-old girl to a 40-year-old man in Saudi Arabia has been annulled after pressure from child right’s advocates and the intervention of Saudi Arabia’s National Human Rights Society, Media Line reported July 9. The marriage was brought to the public’s attention by the young girl’s older siblings–two brothers, 18 and 19, and a 20-year-old sister–who claimed their father was “adamant in his decision,” the article reported. Despite numerous debates over a minimum age for marriage, one has not been implemented in Saudi Arabia.
An Egyptian woman was stabbed 18 times in a Germany court room last week, BBC reported July 6. Marwa Sherbini, 31, was attacked during a trial in which she was speaking out against “Alex W,” a man who called her a terrorist because she wears a headscarf. Prosecutors said Alex W. was known for having a deep hatred of Muslims, reported the BBC. The murder is being mourned throughout Egypt. Sherbini, who was pregnant with her second child, is being called the Headscarf Martyr, the article reported.
Justice ministry officials in Afghanistan changed a controversial law on July 8 that had provided that husbands could rape their wives without fear of punishment. The law, which originally read “a woman must be ready to have sex with her husband every four days,” has been revised to “a woman is required to do any housework that the couple agreed to at the time of marriage,” the Associated Press reported on July 8.
The revision also removed a condition that required women to ask their husband’s permission in order to leave the house. The revisions must still be passed through Parliament.