ICCS held a public advocacy event on July 26, 2016 for Jerash governorate officials and community members as part of the USAID-funded JCAP grant to stress the importance of enforcing stricter monitoring on the exceptions in the early marriage law. During the event, Sheikh Mohammad Rawashdeh, JCAP Community Champion and a prominent religious leader in Jerash, highlighted Islam’s view of marriage, women’s and marital rights. He advised the audience on how to establish a healthy and happy marriage focusing on the importance of maturity and reaching the appropriate age to achieve this. Dr. Mustafa Shibli, Jerash Health Director, also gave a speech on the health aspects and the psychological consequences of early marriage on young women. School students presented an emotional play dramatizing the loss of childhood and opportunities to a girl forced to marry at a young age followed by a screening of JOHUD youth club movie “My Oversized Dress” on early marriage. This advocacy event is the first of a series of events by ICCS across Jordan to advocate against early marriage.
This event comes as part of JCAP’s policy and advocacy activities that aim to change the exceptions in the early marriage law which allow marriage of girls under the age of 18 identified by JCAP partners (MOH and HPC) as one of the priority policies to tackle.