November 12, 2008

Condi and Najood Named Women of the Year

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Yemeni Child Bride Honored At "Glamour" Gala

(New York, NY) -- A ten-year-old child bride from Yemen has been honored as one of "Glamour" magazine's women of the year Monday night.

The "New York Daily News" is reporting that pint-sized Nujood Ali broke with tradition by demanding a divorce. The girl was given up for marriage by her impoverished parents.

Although her 30-year-old groom had promised to wait until Ali was older before becoming intimate, he reportedly raped and beat her on their wedding night. When no one would take Ali to the courthouse to seek a divorce, she went on her own and sat there until a judge took notice.

Human rights lawyer Shada Nasser shared the "Glamour" award for helping Ali become the first child bride in Yemeni history to be granted a divorce. The two flew in for the posh Carnegie Hall gala. Among the other honorees were Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senator Hillary Clinton.

How nice that she is getting the recognition. She wants to be a lawyer when she grows up and help other girls. For the third year in a row, Yemen has been designated the most gender unequal country on earth.

By Jane at 08:31 AM | Comments |