Children’s Rights (15): What’s Wrong With Child Marriage?

Child marriage is common. In many parts of the world, a high percentage of girls get married before adulthood – boys seemed to be spared from this particular type of injustice. But why is it an injustice? Us western intellectual folk tend to assume without much consideration that it is, and that arguments in favor of the… Continue reading Children’s Rights (15): What’s Wrong With Child Marriage?

Children’s Rights (13): Minimum Age of Marriage Laws Reduce Incidence of Child Marriage

In many countries, it’s customary for girls to marry at a very young age, voluntarily or not. This practice is detrimental to the human rights of women, as I argued before. In the developing world, more than one third of women aged 20 to 24 report that they were married or in a union by… Continue reading Children’s Rights (13): Minimum Age of Marriage Laws Reduce Incidence of Child Marriage

Religion and Human Rights (31): Polygamy, Right or Rights Violation?

In the U.S., 9 states – including Utah, the center of Mormonism – make polygamy a crime, while 49 states have bigamy statutes that can be used to prosecute polygamous families. Polygamy is only legal in North Africa and most of the Muslim world. Does it make sense to promote the right to same-sex, interracial… Continue reading Religion and Human Rights (31): Polygamy, Right or Rights Violation?

Gender Discrimination (28): Occupational Sex Segregation as One Cause of the Gender Pay Gap

It’s common knowledge that women tend to earn less that men, even in countries that pride themselves on their respect for gender equality. One of the causes of this gap is occupational sex segregation, meaning that women and men tend to work in very different occupations. Coincidentally or not, “men’s jobs” are generally better paid… Continue reading Gender Discrimination (28): Occupational Sex Segregation as One Cause of the Gender Pay Gap