Madagascar dating and marriage


11-May-2017 15:07

The Malagasy Parliament’s decision to pass these new laws has been deeply applauded by UNICEF’s Madagascar Country Office.

Speaking from the capitol city, Antananarivo, UNICEF Country Representative Mr. “UNICEF would like to congratulate the Government of Madagascar for their continued engagement in the issue of child protection,” said Mr. “These newly passed laws are excellent and landmark achievements for the rights of children in Madagascar and for the prevention of child trafficking - they will mean that from now on children are legally protected from the negative consequences of early marriage, as well as the severe impacts of being separated from their biological parents.

This has a particularly harsh impact on girls, who can suffer from commercial sexual exploitation and violence.

Sometimes, parents are bribed with money to agree to their daughter’s union without the child’s consent – with the ‘groom’, a broker, then forcing the girl into the sex trade.

So far over 200, 000 plants and animals have been identified in Madagascar; of these over 150, 000 are found nowhere else in the world. About Nine-tenths of these lemurs are found in Madagascar.

Some of the best-known are: the dwart , the rarest of all lemurs found on the island of Mangabe or in the region of Mananara.

Regarding child abuse within the family, 10 per cent of under-five deaths in 2005 in Antananarivo were found to be due to neglect and/or violence.

Tombstone that their ancestors had built and the families have renovated.

It will be important to publicise the new legislation widely throughout the country.” Official UNICEF statistics show the extent of challenges in regards to child protection in Madagascar.

In terms of separation, in 2004, 13 per cent of children under 14 years of age were living without their biological parents.

During the 17th, 18th, 19th century, engagement was the actual wedding for the Malagasy couple, however, in the 20th and 21st century, there is an engagement, and a separate wedding day.

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Another example of the Malagasy traditions and customs is .

The Malagasy traditions are very unique, for example, during an .



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