During the last 3 years child marriage has been commonly debated within Yemen and internationally.
Yahya Kodiesh, a journalist from Yemen, has recorded numerous cases of girls as early as ten to fifteen hitched down to older males. Kodiesh told Gulf Information Yemen that ‘social norms along with poverty will be the driving that is main behind kid wedding.’
A larger dowry is given to the bride’s family when the age difference between the bride and the groom is quite significant; basically, the younger the bride and the older the groom, the larger the dowry will be in Yemeni culture.
Kid wedding is extensive in Yemen; a woman can be as young as two years old when she’s guaranteed to a person, girls who are only a 12 are hitched off to males 2 to 3 times what their age is.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Researcher, Belkis Wille, claimed in an interview by HRW, that ‘over fifty % of girls are hitched ahead of the chronilogical age of eighteen, plus in rural areas one even sees girl’s getting hitched during the chronilogical age of eight.’