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 who are only ten to fifteen hitched down to older guys. Kodiesh told Gulf Information Yemen that ‘social norms in addition to 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.
Son or daughter marriage is extensive in Yemen; a lady is often as young as a couple of years old whenever she’s guaranteed to a person, girls as early as a 12 are hitched off to guys 2 to 3 times how old they are.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Researcher, Belkis Wille, reported in an meeting by HRW, that ‘over fifty percent of girls are hitched prior to the chronilogical age of eighteen, plus in rural areas one even sees girl’s getting hitched during the chronilogical age of eight.’