Jordanian MP Wafa Bani Mustafa poses for a photo with her husband and two children in Jordan, August 2017. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Nadia Bseiso)
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Nearly 10,500 girls in Jordan were married before reaching their 18th birthdays in 2017, according to the most up to date figures from the U.N. children's agency UNICEF.Girls in Jordan can be married from age 15 with a judge's approval, even though the legal marriageable age is 18 . In 2017 Jordan's Parliament voted to abolish a law that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims after a years-long campaign led by Bani Mustafa.Globally, 12 million girls marry before age 18 every year, according to Girls Not Brides, a coalition working to end child marriage.
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