This week our design intern Patryk has been working with Maral to produce an image that uses data gathered from Ebtekar News and the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child. At first glance the bold numbers jump off the page, leading us to delve deeper into the narratives behind the numbers.
The 13 hidden in the background?
Sharia law recognises girls as adults when they turn nine, and while the minimum age for marriage in Iran is 13 for girls and 15 for boys, younger children can be married off with the approval of their guardians and the court.
85% of the nearly 2 million Iranians under the age of 19 to marry over the past 6 years were girls.
More than 200,000 Iranians under the age of 15 were married; 97% of them were girls.
In 2010, 716 Iranian girls younger than 10 were married.
Who is asking, „Would you marry me?“
The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Ahmad Shaheed, wrote in his latest UN report that he is ‚deeply concerned about reports that the Legal Affairs Committee of the Iranian Parliament has announced that the law that prohibits the marriage of girls below the age of 13 is considered to be “un-Islamic and illegal”‘.