The Right to Choose (2000)

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The eighth programme in a thirty part series which tackles complex issues of globalisation and growing inequality. As governmental delegates and women's NGOs were assembling in New York for the Beijing Plus 5: Women 2000 meeting to be held at the UN in early June 2000, the programme looks at the common practice of forced marriages between young girls and older boys or men in Ethiopia and northern Nigeria, where some Islamic leaders believe that women's role is to comfort men, and see nothing wrong with marrying girls as young as seven, often in polygamous marriages. Early childbirth often results in serious and permanent health problems. Reports on voices arguing for change in local cultures, and calls for reproductive health care and primary education for women. Contributors include: Original Georgis, founder member of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and Mairo Bello of the Adolescent Health and Information Project.

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