WATCH: Bill ending child marriage inches forward in Congress

Mara Cepeda
WATCH: Bill ending child marriage inches forward in Congress
Many young girls in Muslim and indigenous communities in the Philippines are forced by their elders to marry. Several lawmakers push for a bill that would criminalize this.

Graphics and animation by Janina Malinis 

MANILA, Philippines – Early and forced marriages are still a harsh reality for many young girls in Muslim and indigenous communities in the country.

Some girls are married off because their elders hope to ease the financial burden of their upbringing. Others marry to protect their honor, as any suspicion of premarital sex brings shame to families. (READ: Too young to marry)

Several lawmakers are now pushing a bill that would criminalize the facilitation and solemnization of child marriages in the Philippines. But progress in the legislative mill has been slow so far. (WATCH: ‘My 14-year-old daughter married a stranger’)

Will 2020 be the year Congress prioritizes the anti-child marriage bill?

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.