Somalia in agreed with the UN to improve its sexual violence laws, and after five years of work a sexual offenses bill was approved by the Council of Ministers and sent to parliament, reports the AP. The new Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Bill "would represent a major setback in the fight against sexual violence in Somalia and across the globe" and should be withdrawn immediately, Patten said. Somalia's presidency and health ministry had no immediate comment Wednesday. It was not clear when the bill would be put up for a vote.
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Somalia bill expanding child, forced marriages met with outcry
Somalia's capital of Mogadishu. Somalia's presidency and health ministry had no immediate comment Wednesday. It was not clear when the bill would be put up for a vote. Population Fund said in a report last month.
By Joe Davies For Mailonline. The Somalian parliament is considering a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl's sexual organs mature. The new Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Bill would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. It marks a dramatic reworking of years of efforts to give more protections to women in one of the world's most conservative countries.