Archive for the ‘Yemen’ Category

This article popped up on Digg today:

Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years her senior

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 9:49 AM on 22nd December 2008

A Saudi court has rejected a plea to divorce an eight-year-old girl married off by her father to a man who is 58, saying the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty.

The divorce plea was filed in August by the girl’s divorced mother with a court at Unayzah, 135 miles north of Riyadh just after the marriage contract was signed by the father and the groom.

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This story has a familiar ring to it.    In early November, both Condoleeza Rice and our Homegirl, Hillary Clinton, were honored as two of Glamour Magazine’s Women-of-the-Year.    That same evening,  Nujood Mohammed Ali and Shada Nasser were also honored.  Glamour has awarded a Women-of-the-Year Fund to assist the work Nasser is doing in Yemen to help child brides.  Click on the link.  Homegirls can help!

Remarks were made during the Primary season that Hillary’s visits to over 80 countries were ceremonial.  The truth is that she visited refugee camps and sat in tents listening (and I think we have learned how very well she does that) to stories of displaced persons and mistreated women and girls. (See December3 post: Hillary in Her Own Words).  Condi Rice has done the same as related in the Glamour article linked above.  So I think the torch that is being passed at the State Department is  significant for girls and women in threatened regions as well as in friendly ones.

Ann Curry had an update tonight on the schoolgirls attacked with acid in Kandahar, but I could not find a link at MSNBC.  I did however find this story about them at AlJazeera. It is not an update, but tells the story.

We all know these are stories and situations both Secretary Rice and her successor care about.  We also know we cannot change laws in far away cultures.  But those of us who remember Hillary’s Beijing speech know we have a strong advocate for women and children ready to represent us and be our face and voice to the world.

Hillary, your Homegirls are behind you as you take this next big step.  God bless you and keep you safe.

Afterthought:  (And I don’t mean to be sexist myself here).  I wonder how things would have been if Colin Powell had never been in the picture.  What if State had passed directly from Madeleine to Condi to Hill?  Sounds like an awesome triple-play to me.

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