The congress has introduced collectively feminine Islamic leaders from a number of international locations.

Feminine Islamic clerics in Indonesia have issued an unprecedented fatwa towards baby marriage.

The fatwa, which isn’t legally binding however will probably be influential, was issued after a three-day congress of feminine clerics within the nation.

The clerics urged the federal government to boost the minimal authorized age for girls to marry to 18 from the present 16.

Indonesia is a majority Muslim nation and has among the many highest variety of baby brides on the earth.

Based on the UN’s kids workplace Unicef, one in 4 ladies in Indonesia marry earlier than the age of 18.

The congress, held in Cirebon on Java island, is being known as the primary main gathering of feminine Muslim clerics.

Fatwas are commonly issued in Indonesia, however normally by the Indonesian Ulema Council – the best Islamic authority within the nation which is made up nearly completely of males.

“Feminine clerics know the problems and obstacles ladies face, we are able to take motion and don’t simply look forward to the federal government to guard these kids,” Ninik Rahayu, the convention organizer, informed Reuters.

The feminine clerics cited research which spotlight that many Indonesian baby brides will not be allowed to proceed their schooling and half the marriages finish in divorce.

You may learn extra protection of the convention from the BBC’s Indonesian language web site.