I can’t believe that forced child marriages are still legal in many places included North America. When a girl is forced into marriage, her rights are violated.
The legal minimum age of marriage in Canada is 16 years, according to the 2005 Civil Marriage Act and the 2015 Criminal Code. What we need to understand is that marriage is governed by the provinces and territories, and most allow those as young as 16 to be joined in matrimony if they have their parents’ permission. This includes Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Nunavut. In the Yukon, 15 year olds can get married with parental consent.
It also mean that parents can force their child to marry the minute they celebrate their daughter’s sweet sixteen.
- Forced marriage in Canada ‘more prevalent’ than thought: ex-child bride
Unfortunately, there are ways of going around this, especially when it’s under the cover of religion. We need to stop tolerating and accepting religions that practice child marriages.
Where are lawyers that help minors with no income fight for their rights? As an adult who did some research I know that there is lawyers like this called Justice For Children and Youth, located in Toronto. Part of the the problem is accessibility of these lawyers and getting the information to these children who need help. This is the type of information that should be thought in schools. You never know who might need it.
This is why I’m sharing some information to help stop child marriages: