07 Dec New publication: Child marriage, not all alike
Article in Inside Indonesia by Hoko Horii.
Child marriage, defined by international organisations as the marriage of someone under the age of 18, has come under increasing scrutiny in Indonesia in recent years. Several legislative changes have been initiated since 2014 to raise the legal marriageable age, responding to a growing public demand for government regulations to ban child marriage. These legislative initiatives have noble intents: to uphold human rights norms, to protect children and to empower women. However, they do not offer an effective solution to the prevalence of child marriage in Indonesia, and worse, they could aggravate the problem.