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HRC Discusses Early Marriage with High School Students in Kakheti

13 June 2018 HRC representatives discussing early marriage with high school students in Kakheti

On June 8, representatives of the Human Rights Center’s Tbilisi and Kakheti offices, under the USAID/PROLoG legal aid project “Promote access to justice for women, religious and ethnic minorities in the regions of Georgia,” held meetings with high school students and their teachers from Kabali and Ganjala villages, in Lagodekhi municipality in Kakheti. Both meetings took place in Kabali village, with 18 participants from Kabali public school attending one meeting and 32 participants from Ganjala public school attending the second meeting.

HRC Executive Director Aleksandre Tskitishvili opened each of the meetings with a presentation of the project’s goals and activities, and distributed project information booklets to the participants. HRC representatives also spoke about the problems of early marriage, domestic violence and gender equality. An HRC lawyer from its Kakheti office then talked about the potential social and health risks related to early or forced marriage.  

The high school girls at the meetings were actively involved in the discussions and recalled several cases when their classmates got married at a young age; they said the girls often are coerced by their parents into early marriage. Teachers pointed out that the number of early marriage cases has decreased in recent years because of strict regulations, but said incidents still occur. In some cases, when an underage girl is married the newly married couple moves to Azerbaijan until they have a child to avoid criminal responsibility and then return to Georgia. A teacher from Ganjala public school recalled that last year their school director convinced a girl’s parents to cancel a planned early marriage and the girl was able to continue her studies.  

 

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