Yemeni child bride honoured among Women of the Year

December 3, 2008 at 12:37 pm 5 comments

yemeniA Yemeni child bride, who gained international renown after refusing to accept a forced marriage to a man nearly thrice her age has received an award as a “Woman of the Year” alongside nine others.

The annual Women of the Year Awards, published by Glamour magazine for the past 19 years and sponsored by L’Oreal, pay tribute to women who have made major contributions to entertainment, business, sport, fashion, science and politics.

Nujood Ali, who is now 10, was chosen for the award after her unusual story of rebellion against an arranged marriage made her an international celebrity, with her story highlighted by various magazines and TV networks.

Like many girls in Yemen, where the majority are Muslim, Ali was pulled out of second-grade from school by her impoverished father and married to a man in his 30s. He beat and sexually assaulted her.

Rather than accept traditional custom, Ali went to court, got the help of a human rights lawyer and successfully filed for divorce in April this year.

Other women to make the annual list included TV personality Tyra Banks for charity, Hillary Clinton for inspiring generations of women and actress Nicole Kidman for her work with the UN Development Fund for Women.

Source: Siasat News and New York times


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  • 1. Yemeni child bride honoured among Women of the Year | jdTVu  |  December 3, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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  • 2. nadia  |  December 3, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Though it may sound so simple that she decided to get a divorce and is now an award winner, the fact still remains that this girl is just 10 years old! While other children her age are playing and having fun with their family and friends, this girl battled against society and norms, and going to courts. She’s truly an inspiration and definitely deserves to be honored. I pray that she heals emotionally and moves on to have a meaningful life ahead of her, Ameen.

    ~ Summa Aameen to you Dua’a, May Allah bless make her more strong for the better future ahead, Ameen.

  • 3. Amir  |  December 4, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Subhanallah, I agree with Nadia. For a 10 year old to do this is quite a feat. Ameen to her dua as well.

  • 4. h  |  December 26, 2008 at 2:02 am

    salam, although i am truly inspired by the girl, i do think its quite unprofessional of the article to refer to the marriage as a ‘forced marriage’ in the opening chapter and then ‘arranged marriage’ in the middle.

    people need educating!!

    anyways may allah continue to help the little girl succeed in life and grant her every happiness ameen

  • 5. Emmy  |  January 9, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Great piece.

    Please check out this great mini-documentary on arranged marriage.

    Support young journalists.


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