Iraq Ranks First in Child-Bride Rates
|July 18, 2013||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Iraqi Ministry of Planning and Cooperative Development confirmed that Iraq is the highest nation worldwide in terms of under-aged brides, pointing out that there is a need for a national decision to be taken to limit this phenomenon.
“The exponential increase in population is a worldwide problem however teenage pregnancy is a dangerous problem that mostly every country suffers from and namely Iraq; where early marriage is the first reason for the increase in population,” said Minister of Planning and Cooperative Development Ali Al Shukri in a statement to Alsumaria on the margin of the festivities held for the World Population Day in the Ministry’s premises in Baghdad.
“Half of the world population suffers from teen pregnancy; a phenomenon that started to increase especially in Iraq”, added Al Shukri; revealing that “Iraq scored the highest rates of child brides in the world with a percentage of 11% of marriages.”
“To limit this international problem, Iraq needs to promulgate a law for birth control and raise marriage age”, pointed out Al Shukri; revealing that “low levels of education, especially among girls is the main factor that increases Marriage rates for under-aged girls.”
In May 2010, Iraq launched the 5-year national development plan 2010-2014 during a ceremony held in the Ministry of Planning and Cooperation Development building under the slogan “Towards a diversified and durable Iraqi economy.”
This plan aims to reduce difference and limits between urban and rural regions, build infrastructure, provide social services and jobs, increase the GDP by 9.38% as a yearly rate throughout the plan’s duration and diversify the economy that currently depends on oil revenues.
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